‘Quiet quitting’ isn’t the problem. Exhausted workers are just too afraid to leave their jobs

 

By Shalene Gupta

Inflation rose by 9% this June as salaries increased by only 5%. Meanwhile, the housing market is down and employees everywhere are taking stock of their wallets and budgets. Joblist, an AI-powered job search platform, conducted a study of 19,000 job seekers across the United States to get their thoughts on the current job market, along with their hopes and fears. Below are the key findings from the survey: 

‘Quiet quitting’ isn’t the problem. Exhausted workers are just too afraid to leave their jobs
    Inflation hurts: 53% of employees have not received a pay raise so far in 2022, despite record inflation rates. Many job seekers are considering other measures, including switching industries (28%) and getting a second job (25%). 

    Burnout, not quiet quitting, is the problem: 49% of employees say that they feel burned out, but 50% are working just as hard and 41% are working harder. Only 9% say they are working less than they were six months ago, but 27% admit they are less productive than they were in previous years.

    Employees are afraid the job market is tightening: About 23% of employees report being laid off or someone they know being laid off this year. Meanwhile, in July, 31% of job seekers thought it was easy to get a job, but this dropped to 26% in September. Now, 47% of employees say that concerns about the recession are making them less likely to quit their job.

 

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