Employers Fear A Hard Truth About Quiet Quitting

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the concept of “calm down“began on social media, ie TIC Toc, This leads to misleading and misleading conclusions that American workers are withdrawing from their duties and slowing down work.

Employers fear the harsh truth that workers have some control over their labor efforts, having been a major in Marxist economics, see Harvard professor Stephen Marglin’s essay “What do the bosses do”and the basis of many Nobel Prizes, see for example Joseph Stiglitz’s essay “Unemployment as a discipline toolThe stubborn worker can be a fanciful expression of the fear of management, created by the dark humor of Herman Melville. Bartleby the Scrivener prevent, “i don’t like toHarvard Business Review last month ran a piece on the incident.

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The term “quiet quiet” probably lives on in part because the Labor Productivity Index reported a significant drop in the second quarter of 2022. Some people, notably Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and Harvard Professor, tweeted Workers may be slowing down their work effort and pace, citing this latest productivity report. But, as I see it, second quarter productivity probably fell primarily because of a statistical quirk. Call it the numerator/denominator problem because there was a rapid increase in employment; The numerator – the number of workers – swelled and the output (denominator) was not caught.

As employers slow their hiring, we expect third-quarter productivity to come into play again (data due out in December).

I see evidence clearly pointing to the conclusion that activists are not shying away. In fact, a great deal of worker dissatisfaction is manifesting itself in other ways: in workers’ surveys, in workers leaving their jobs, and in workers engaging in action and direct protest.

Surveys and individual actions reflect job stress

There is evidence of worker dissatisfaction in the surveys. The prestigious Society for Human Resource Professionals 2021 and 2022 survey of workers and employers shows top concern for 2022 employee morale, There is also a growing body of evidence on the uneven distribution of stress. womenmade more complicated by work-life balance issuesand a UCLA study on work stress Shows unequal distribution by race and ethnicity,

In addition, I interpret rising job loss rates and increased job turnover as manifesting job stress. Let me be clear: Forget keeping quiet; real leave above, which worries employers.

Mass protests reflect job stress

High-profile strikes are related to increased work intensity and more overtime. 2021 Frito Lay Strike In which workers protest an 84-hour work week and the current threat of a railroad strike are both about the intensity of the work. So have unionization efforts at Starbucks increased as well.
and amazon
, Workplace disruption in hospitals is also directly related to the stress and intensity of work.

Bottom Line: Employers Can Quit on Workers

There’s a truth behind the idea of ​​”keeping quiet,” but the truth is that employers are laying off workers. Evidence points in the direction of increasing labor pressure and working too much instead of too little. economic policy institute argued That “quiet getaway” would be a better term.


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