Quiet Quitting Doesn’t Have To Be Permanent

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Organizations can reverse passivity among employees by offering more autonomy.

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Doing only what you need to do to not get fired — recently coined “quiet quitting” — is a normal human response to prolonged aversive events. Fortunately, it’s not permanent, and organizations can help reverse this trend by giving employees more autonomy, whether it’s the freedom to choose their schedules, where they work, or how they get work done. “The more freedom you can give them, the less they’ll feel the need to respond in unproductive ways,” write NLI’s David Rock and Jay Dixit in Harvard Business Review, where you can read more about the science behind quiet quitting.

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