Worried about 'quietly stepping down', CEOs look to companies to spot and stop him

Worried about ‘quietly stepping down’, CEOs look to companies to spot and stop him

“They are afraid”: CEOs fear to quit silently

Silent abandonment: The “invisible” nature of the trend is particularly frightening for leaders. (Representative)

Executives are afraid to resign quietly.

As news of the trend flooded the internet, human resources companies, consultants, law firms and even artificial intelligence startups rushed to offer advice on how to prevent and combat it. . By all accounts, there’s a demand: CEOs of well-known big companies in finance, technology and healthcare are very worried, said Ben Granger, chief labor psychologist at the company. Qualtrics survey.

“It’s quite rare that many leaders of large organizations tell us about it in such a short time as it has been reported in the media,” he said. “I don’t see that much.”

But the leaders don’t know what to do about it. HR professionals say executives are wondering if they can rely on their employees in a downturn — or if they can afford to lay off and replace silent quitters in a tight job market, Granger said. Leaders fear they won’t be able to see it spreading under their noses.

“Many of the leaders and clients I work with, some for the first time in 30 years, are in a state of fear as an employer.” said Erica Dhawan, a workplace consultant and author of a book on remote and hybrid working. “They feel they have to keep people who aren’t performing.”

The “invisible” nature of the trend is particularly frightening for leaders, according to Granger. In a remote or hybrid environment, the classic signs that an employee is being checked, such as lateness and absenteeism, can be harder to spot. Although their first reaction is often to blame the silent abandonment on laziness, Granger said many realize it’s actually a management issue. There’s even an artificial intelligence startup that claims to offer a solution, by analyzing emails and Slack messages to detect employee engagement, burnout, and turnover risk.

However, according to Caroline Walsh, vice president of human resources practice at consulting firm Gartner, HR directors tend to be less scared of all the silent resignation talk than other C-suite members. that they have spent years focusing on and talking about burnout, the phenomenon is less surprising.

They might be underestimating the problem. More than half of HR professionals across industries surveyed in late August were worried about quitting quietly, according to a Society for Human Resource Management poll of more than 1,200 people. Yet only about a third think this is happening in their own organization, a perception that doesn’t match Gallup’s recent estimate that 50% of the US workforce can be considered silent dropouts.

While it’s hard to say how much quieter the abandonment has become since the trend went viral, Granger said the fact that more people are talking about it is in itself significant because it’s more likely to spread and to spread.

“Now you have a big problem,” he said. “If you find yourself in a situation where organizations are starting to see this advice, and there are now huge amounts of silent dropouts, that’s almost certainly going to have massive downstream effects on the business.”

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