Quiet Quitting: What’s The Next Move?

You hear the term everywhere now, but as an employee, it can leave us wondering exactly what is quiet quitting. It’s not what it may seem at first glance.

Quiet quitting is when you mentally clock out right after you’ve clocked into work. Confusing? Let’s break it down.

With quiet quitting, you only complete or accomplish what’s in your job description or assigned to you. The days of being Buzz Lightyear and going above and beyond are behind you. However, the issue with quiet quitting is different for employers and employees.

Employers are worried about their employees being disengaged; this could be the last phase before you decide to quit altogether. While on the other hand, employees may not know they’re showing textbook signs of quiet quitting. 

In this article, you’ll discover the signs to look out for and what’s the next move depending on your situation.

The Signs of Quiet Quitting

Working in the food & beverage manufacturing industry can be repetitive for some positions, and even if you work in the upper levels of food production, there’s a chance of disengagement.

Sometimes we may not be aware of our actions or aren’t keen on what to call them yet. You can experience this feeling with quiet quitting as well. If you find yourself:

1. Coming in and leaving right on time

You’re scheduled for the 7 am-3 pm shift, so you clock in at 6:58 am at the earliest, and when 3 pm rolls around, you’re the first one out of the door. You don’t pick up any extra hours or shifts, and you don’t stay a few minutes extra to get ahead for the next day anymore.

2. Lacking motivation

We’re all human, and it’s not expected of you to have a well overflowing with motivation. Yet, if motivation eludes you every day, and you’re not worried about getting it back, it might be beneficial to determine the contributing factors to your lack of motivation.

3. Becoming increasingly isolated

You don’t congregate with your coworkers during lunch or work-related events. You may not respond as promptly through emails and other company communication channels.

4. Being in the meeting but not participating

You attend the meeting but hold your thoughts and comments close to the vest. You listen to what pertains to you and block out the rest.

…you might be going through the motions of quiet quitting.

Different situations call for different measures

If you’re experiencing disengagement from your work or the signs of quiet quitting, don’t fret just yet!

We have a solution depending on which phase you’re in and what your next move should be.

When It’s Okay To Quiet Quit

There are instances when it is okay to quiet quit. It’s a great way to set boundaries at work. Maybe you don’t desire to bring your work home with you or overexert yourself by staying after hours.

It also helps to avoid burnout and create a better work-life balance.  

Burnout can spark quiet quitting!

How To Remedy If You Want To Stay

You like your job as a food and beverage production employee and notice that you’re not as engaged or enthralled in your work. You don’t plan on resigning but would like to reignite the spark you once had.

In that case, training in another food processing skill might help bring back the old flame. Ask your boss or HR department if there are any courses, certifications, or career development opportunities. 

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Learning something new can improve your employee engagement and possibly your standing in the company.

When It’s Time To Consider Starting A New Job

There might be a chance that your job doesn’t excite you at all anymore. Maybe it’s the company’s policies and procedures that made quiet quitting a viable option for you. 

Unfortunately, these and many other factors could encourage you to resign. You could ask for development opportunities, but you know your heart just isn’t in it any longer.

That’s okay too!

Starting a new job with a different company could be what you need to become engaged again.

How QTalent Can Help…

If you’ve chosen to embark on a new job search, QTalent’s platform can help you find food and beverage manufacturing jobs in the meat, dairy, food, and beverage industries, with more industries to come.

QTalent alleviates the headache of creating several resumes to apply to different jobs. The days of employers missing the best parts of your professionality and career accomplishments are almost nonexistent due to the ability to create a personalised profile.

There are more beneficial features to make your job search less of a burden because, let’s be honest, finding a new job is hard enough. Sign up today and create a profile that fits who you are as a professional.

Brittany Brooks


Brittany Brooks has worked in Human Resources as an HR specialist and manager for 10 years. After that time, she decided to use her powers for the good of the workplace. She uses her first-hand experiences in her writing to give employees and business owners an honest look into what’s happening at work.

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