Last week, we discussed quiet quitting and what it means for you and your job. Another term that has been making its rounds via the news and social media is quiet firing. So, today, we would like to focus on what this means, what to look for, and how to deal with it if you find yourself being quietly fired from your job. 

What does quiet firing mean? 

Quiet firing, while it seems like a new term, has been around for a very long time. Quiet firing is when an employer does the bare minimum (or even less) in terms of meeting an employee’s satisfaction in their position. Whether it be reducing hours, denying a pay raise or advancement, not acknowledging the work that you do, the result is a hostile working environment. 

In the  article, Move Over, Quiet Quitting — This is What You Need To Know About Quiet Firing, Teresa Vozza, an Executive Coach and HR thought leader states the following, “Think of quiet firing like you would a personal relationship showing the first sign of trouble. The calls become less frequent, emails much curter, and while you can’t be certain, it starts to feel like the other person is losing interest in you.” 

Signs to watch out for 

While some signs are obvious, some might be more subtle. Here are ten things to watch out for if you think you are being quietly fired: 

  1. Constructive feedback on tasks or projects is not given from upper management 
  2. Clarity or resolution is not offered when your concerns are brought to attention 
  3. Job expectations, or workload changes, without any discussion or warning 
  4. You are not given the information you need to succeed on projects/tasks 
  5. You do not get opportunities like other members on your team 
  6. You are assigned projects that are below your skill level 
  7. Management becomes less and less available to you 
  8. You are left out of meetings or social gatherings 
  9. Advancement or pay raise is denied or ignored 
  10. Your thoughts and ideas are not considered 

What can you do? 

Quiet firing is not an enjoyable experience. It can quickly start to take a toll on your performance at work and at home and can have a significant impact on your mental health. If you have attempted to discuss your concerns with your boss with little to no concern of your feelings, and the behaviour continues, it is likely time to revaluate. 

In most cases, quiet firing has more to do with management, and less to do with you. Unfortunately, however, this is unlikely to change. Therefore, this may be the perfect opportunity to dust off your resume and consider your options. Perhaps it is time to find a job that aligns with your values, respects you as an employee, and will provide you with the support and positive environment you deserve. 

Since every situation is different, we would love the opportunity to chat with you about how we can help. Don’t settle, and don’t wait for quiet firing to turn into you quietly quitting or actual dismissal.