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Weekend edition June 02, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Nearly four in five workers are “quiet quitting”

The statistics from a survey by Real Estate Witch are very disturbing for those owning or managing a business these days.

Here’s a startling and troubling statistic for those who own and manage businesses.

According to a survey of 1,000 full-time workers commissioned by Real Estate Witch, about 78 percent of employees have taken actions that constitute “quiet quitting.” Dissatisfied workers are embracing the new phenomenon that refers to employees who say no to hustle culture by doing the bare minimum at work instead of going above and beyond for their employer.

Real Estate Witch found that:

  • 1 in 3 workers (33 percent) currently consider themselves quiet quitters, and 39 percent have quiet quit at previous jobs.
  • Although a majority of workers (67 percent) do not consider themselves quiet quitters, 78 percent have taken actions that constitute quiet quitting. Shockingly, about 1 in 11 employees (9 percent) have started the workday hungover.
  • Although 86 percent of employees care about their company’s success, 39 percent say their company doesn’t care about them.
  • More than half of employees (57 percent) have not put in extra effort at work in the past year.
  • A majority of employees (55 percent) don’t believe hard work will help them get ahead in today’s workplace.
  • Employees may feel emboldened to quiet quit because 39 percent say their manager hasn’t noticed their lack of effort.
  • Although the average full-time employee gets paid to work 40 hours per week, two-thirds (68 percent) spend less than that actually working, with the average number of hours worked dropping to 34.
  • More than 1 in 3 employees (36 percent) wouldn’t work harder for more money.
  • Although inflation is causing prices to rise, 58 percent of employees would actually take a pay cut if it would guarantee they’d be happy at work. About 1 in 5 employees (20 percent) would accept a pay cut of $20,000 or more.
  • More than one-third of respondents (36 percent) say millennials and Gen X are the hardest-working generations. That compares with a majority of Americans who think Gen Z works the least hard (55 percent) and is the most disloyal to their company (55 percent).
  • Almost half of Americans (48 percent) admire workers who refuse to take on extra work, with millennials (53 percent) and Gen Z (56 percent) twice as likely as boomers (26 percent) to admire those employees.

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