While the Phenomenon Is Gone From the Headlines, Quiet Quitting Is Still Happening

With more than 30 years of experience in professional development, Tracy LaLonde works with law firm leaders on generating better engagement and combating burnout amongst employees. While the 2022 trend of “quiet quitting” has stopped hitting headlines, LaLonde expresses concern that the act have passive disengagement at work has not prompted change in the workplace.

LaLonde shares a few tips on how firm leaders can get their employees engaged again in with their work, even those deemed “quiet quitters” at the job. With more than half of employees contemplating quitting the job, LaLonde encourages leaders to to seek out these individuals to make them involved at the firm with these main steps:

-Uncovering the Hidden Value of the Quiet Quitter

Quiet quitters can be found at any law firm. Individuals who were highly engaged may be burnt out or unhappy with changes at the firm. The signs include decreased productivity, lower quality output, less initiative, reduced participation in team activities and increased skepticism. Once you notice the typical signs of quiet quitting, invest more into these individuals.

-Recovering the Quiet Quitter

Reengaging quiet quitters is a matter of meeting these individuals where they are and providing them with the tools to become more involved. Grant them more, not less, autonomy and responsibility. Consistent research indicates that when team members feel in control of their work and take ownership of tasks, their motivation and dedication soar. 

-‘Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost’

Not every individual contemplating quitting—and doing so without a fuss—is lost from the team. It’s a natural ebb and flow, but noticing the signs of “wandering” means it’s time to act. Firm leaders can recognize these signs then empower employees with more autonomy, promote open communication, and provide more support to help with retaining these talented employees. 

Are you interested in learning more about re-engaging “quiet quitters” at the firm? Read more in this law.com article.

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