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Upwardly Paved Path Helps Companies Identify and Address the Signs of Quiet Quitting



Upwardly Paved Path Helps Companies Identify and Address the Signs of Quiet Quitting

There’s a new buzz term in the business world that you’ve probably heard a lot more of recently – “quiet quitting.” While quiet quitting is nothing new, this new term for doing the bare minimum at work has made it popular to go to work, clock in, survive, and clock out. For business owners and those in leadership positions, recognizing the signs of quiet quitting is the first step to taking action and changing the culture of their business.

As an expert in career transitioning and coaching, Davina Ware has pinpointed a few signs that may indicate your employees are quiet quitting. While there may be other indications of the trend in your company, these are the most prevalent. You may even notice that it’s not just the employees who are quiet quitting; some of the leadership may also be displaying these signs.

The Ideas Just Stop

According to Ware, the first sign that an employee may be quiet quitting is when they stop bringing ideas to the table. They are going along with whatever is being said in a meeting but are not contributing to the conversation. When employees are invested in their job, company, and team, they actively engage in discussions to help the business succeed. If ideas are no longer being voiced, you may have a quiet quitter on your hands.

Survival Mode On

Another sign of quiet quitting is a lack of vision for the future. If your employees are only living in the moment and not looking forward to what’s to come, your team’s productivity can be in jeopardy. Quiet quitters will often place themselves in survival mode, only focusing on the task at hand instead of looking towards the future to reach new goals. When too many of your employees are stuck in the now, your company will have a more challenging time progressing forward.


Isolation or withdrawal can be another indicator of quiet quitting, which may go beyond the meeting room. For example, if you have employees who primarily keep to themselves, are no longer engaged with their coworkers, or skip out on out-of-office activities, they may have checked out completely. When people feel like they are part of a team, they tend to be more productive and have a better disposition in the workplace; however, when people become isolated and withdrawn from the workplace, they tend to be less effective.

Complete Shut Down

Conflict is inevitable in any workplace. However, how the conflict is resolved determines how healthy your workplace culture is. If you have an employee who no longer defends their point or pushes back when faced with a conflict, they may be quiet quitting. This happens when an employee no longer feels seen or heard, and it’s just easier to take whatever s thrown at them rather than push back in what they perceive is a losing battle.

When your staff is in a perpetual state of complacency, your business will suffer. Quiet quitters will still show up and get the job done, your company will have a full staff on board, and daily tasks will get accomplished, but it’s a ticking time bomb. Quiet quitting is just a step away from actual quitting, and you may lose top talent because you didn’t recognize the state they were in and didn’t take the necessary steps to correct the problem.

Quiet quitting is just as much a leadership issue as it is an employee issue. Your leaders may need help recognizing these signs, they may see the signs and need help finding solutions, or they might even display some of them themselves.

With her company, Upwardly Paved Path, Davina Ware is dedicated to helping you and your company reduce turnover, assess the potential signs of quiet quitting, and promote a healthier, more productive work environment for leaders and employees alike.

Upwardly Paved Path’s corporate packages include full-day leadership development training for your team, talent insight assessments proven to boost motivation, and professional development through coaching that will help managers reduce employee turnover. The one-day training includes a high-level overview of behavioral styles and personal motivators to help the team understand and appreciate each other. Afterward, Davina will conduct one-on-one debriefings to help employees realize the value they bring to the company and areas of personal development. She will discuss this debriefing with the manager and the employee to understand better where each stands, but more importantly, how they can best collaborate and create together.

With Upwardly Paved Path’s corporate package, Davina will help you build influence in your company, establish trust amongst your team, and ultimately improve your company’s culture. For more information on how Upwardly Paved Path can help your company thrive when it comes to employee morale and motivation, visit Change starts with you.

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