I recently learned a new term: “quiet fired.” This is something that has been going on for decades, but I had never heard this term before.
So, after I heard it, I decided to do a quick Google search on it. Basically, this is when your manager or supervisor tries to make you leave your current position by “fail[ing] to adequately provide coaching, support, and career development to an employee.” I guess it feels like you might be getting the “cold shoulder” from your boss.
What are some of the signs you might notice that will give you a hint that your manager or supervisor might be attempting to have you “quiet fired?” They may demote you, or change your job description. They might withhold opportunities for advancement from you. They may assign you new job tasks or responsibilities that they know you will not like, and which may not fit into your current role. They might do just the opposite and start assigning some of your normal tasks to other employees. Another tactic you may notice if you’re being “quiet fired” by your boss is that they assign almost impossible job performance goals.
Have any of these things ever happened to you during your current, or one of your past, job positions? These have been pretty common tactics for many years, but now we have a term to describe it.
In fact JobSage.com recently surveyed 1,000 managers and 1,000 employees to determine how common these practices were becoming. They found that over half of the managers surveyed (56%) currently had employees that they wish they could fire. Nearly one-third of those managers (29%) admitted to having “quiet fired” an employee before.
On the flip-side of the “quiet fired” coin, over half of the employees surveyed (53%) said that their managers have not had any long-term career discussions with them. In addition, over one-third of those employees (37%) stated their bosses do not have regular one-on-one meetings with them either.
No matter which side of the coin you are on, it appears that better communication may help the situation. If you would like to see the JobSage.com survey report, CLICK HERE.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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