DNAMIC‘s culture is built on the idea of working from happiness. It means we are committed to creating an environment and routine that fits your lifestyle as a collaborator and pushes you to grow towards your best self. But most importantly, you can make a life you love, understanding that work is just an element of it, and that should be rewarding in more ways than just in your career.
To achieve that, a business needs to work on its work culture because this represents what the company stands for, what they look to achieve, and how they do things. And in today’s world, more than ever, actions speak louder than words.
The belief and effect of workers no longer tolerating toxic environments just because they need money has brought two significant trends that have shifted how companies think, hire, and keep their employees: The Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting.
The Great Resignation is the wave of people quitting their jobs in recent years.
According to the New York Times, more than 40 million people left their jobs in the United States in 2021, a worldwide record and the highest number since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started following the full-year data back in 2001.
Many people roll their eyes at this concept, saying that quiet quitting is just working. A nine to five regular job where you go, do some work, answer some emails, earn your salary and go home to your life. But could it be that blunt? Wouldn’t that waste 8 hours of your life (give or take)? The ideal of life is to love what you do, so why not try?
What is Quiet Quitting?
Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive, explained it in her viral LinkedIn post:
“Quiet quitting clearly entered our work conversation, but here’s why we need to keep it out of our work lives. Quiet quitting isn’t just about quitting on a job. It’s a step toward quitting life…We should absolutely reject “hustle culture” and burnout (I believe this so strongly I founded a company with that as its mission). But rejecting burnout doesn’t mean rejecting the possibility of finding joy in our work, loving our work.”
Why is it happening?
What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s a question that, as a child, we get asked, and we often answer doctor, astronaut, athlete of the sport we like at the moment, and maybe a singer? But like everything, things, with time, change, and we aim for other dreams and goals.
You don’t need to look hard to find why quiet quitting is happening.
Time passes, and we work in different places, build a career and create our own paths. We meet people who shape this journey: mentors, managers, leaders, and peers. Some teach us great things, others won’t be as nice, but they will determine what type of professional we become.
Life has changed dramatically since the pandemic. And not only this, but the new generation entering the workplace pushes against any old ways that might affect how they want to live, creating even more change.
Other generations should listen- are listening; that’s why a 9-5 with no emotional or personal rewards is no longer an achievement but a plague that is being avoided at all costs. Businesses need to listen as well.
Can companies prevent it?
There are many reasons someone can lose interest in a job. From a more exciting opportunity to struggle within work-life balance, growth not encouraged or guided, even losing connection to their team and company can move someone to quiet quitting. This significant trend can lead to lower productivity and higher turnover rates.
Maintaining an open and honest dialogue with your colleagues can go a long way. You should constantly communicate what you expect from them and vice versa.
The first step is creating a workplace policy and culture that fits your team’s needs, but it will always pay off if you can go the extra mile. Communication and collaboration will happen easily if your team feels supported and connected.
The element of trust is what carries a good culture. When employees trust their leader, they also feel that the manager cares about them and is interested in their well-being in a genuine way, and this grows into an immense trust in the company.
How remote businesses can react
Going the extra mile can make all the difference for remote employees. As a leader, you are deprived of daily human interaction, so you must create solid relationships and discover innovative methods to stay connected. As a result, they will be more inclined to stay, be productive and give the extra mile themselves.
Remote work increases in popularity because it feels right as we evolve into a more digital living. It also supports the idea of living and working, not working to live.
The benefits become more evident as more people choose to work from home. Such as:
Saving time and money on transportation.
Avoiding the stress that commuting can cause.
You can work from anywhere in the world.
Flexibility of work.
Easy balance of work and family responsibilities.
Are you a quiet quitter?
You are allowed not to like your job; you are allowed to feel discontented with your life and want to upgrade it. Working for money is what working is, but it shouldn’t be just that, nor a label or a position- it should be more. If you are a quiet quitter, we urge you to make a change. There are businesses that really care about you and your happiness.
As a fully remote business, we’ve seen the challenges and possibilities it brings. There is a particular way of work when it’s remote that can make teams dissociate, not feel bonded, and think that what you only need to do is their requirements and not more. That’s why we try to build a balanced culture that rejects dissociation within the teams and encourages communication while also celebrating individuality and motivating personal growth.
It’s easier to point the finger at workers who seem lazy or unmotivated for quiet quitting. But this trend invites us to look within and ask the right questions. A business is its people. The fact that it is gaining importance so rapidly is a forewarning for businesses to recognize individuals are only willing to put their time and effort into something if they believe in it.
Don’t be afraid to break the mold and be creative with your culture.