This is what quiet firing is about. This term refers to the culture where managers try to stop some employees from taking up certain projects or positions. They try to obstruct those employees and even hinder their chances of getting a promotion or a raise.
At times, the employees resign themselves because they feel that their boss will try to ‘quiet fire’ them soon and so, to avoid the ‘getting fired’ status from clinging to their CV sheet, they resign. This results in a very tiring, unproductive and toxic work environment. Employees feel demotivated to work in such a work environment.
Why do managers engage in such behaviour?
Managers try to quietly fire their employees when they can’t be upfront with them. If they think that an employee is not able to produce the amount of productivity required, bosses try to distance them from the team rather than provide them with honest feedback about their performance. They try to make the employee feel left out, disengaged and disinterested to a point where the employee would want to leave the team on their own.
Managers who don’t have the confidence to give their employees honest feedback are likely to ‘quietly fire’ their employees. A manager should rightfully sit down, have an honest and calm discussion with the employee and make them understand where they are going wrong with their duties and responsibilities as an employee. Some managers do not have the time, patience or energy to make their employees understand tactfully so they resort to quiet firing practices so that the unproductive employee leaves on their own.
Why the trend of quiet firing should die down
Quiet firing is not only a toxic work culture but it also leaves an employee completely demotivated. They do not have the confidence or self-esteem to start working in a different workplace because their previous one indirectly forced them to quit (cue quiet firing). But companies should have a manager-to-employee feedback system in place so that the employee can understand deeper aspects of their work and also have the space to learn and grow. It can also provide them with the platform to discuss their concerns with their managers.