Quiet Cutting - May 14, 2024

Plus: Quiet managing is in, a job essential checklist & more.

Hello, good people! ❤️ We’re back with our weekly newsletter (which, by the way, has undergone a little makeover) in our quest to bring you all the latest career advice, insights and trends so you can go forth and conquer. And this time, we’ll be talking about a little practice called “quiet cutting”.

What’s in today’s career digest:



Revisit your long-term career goals. 🎯 Where do you hope to be in 1, 3 or 5 years’ time? Spend some time reflecting on that and on what steps you can take, day by day, to inch closer to your target. 13 achievable career goals →



Is your employer “quiet cutting” you? ✂️

quiet cutting

According to Forbes.jobs recruiter Tom Caravela, “quiet cutting is a trendy term for ‘demotion’ but on a broader scale involving more than one employee.”

In essence, this (morally questionable) practice is a kind of restructuring strategy that allows companies to let people go, one after the other, without ever having to provide any compensation packages.

The tactic — which, unfortunately has become popular with employers — can cause team members to feel underchallenged and underappreciated, thus pushing them to resign. Employers, meanwhile, can happily shrink their teams as well as cut back on the associated costs of employing a large number of people. 💰

So, what’s an employee meant to do if they find themselves being “quietly cut”?

  1. Recognize it for what it is (an attempt at attrition) instead of doubting yourself. Doubting your worth will make it harder to confront your manager or apply for another job.

  2. Speak with your colleagues. If this is happening in your workplace, it will not just be affecting you. Raising your concerns together will be easier than doing it alone.

  3. Go over your employee handbook. See what the protocols are for promotions and raises to know what your rights are. 📝

  4. Speak to your manager or HR department. Discuss your future at the company, ask for feedback, and express an interest in being involved in more projects.

  5. Decide what’s best for your future. You could wait it out, not giving your employer the satisfaction of resigning, but what impact would a stagnant role have on your career progression? Keep your goals in the foreground.

— Electra Michaelidou



⚖️ TO CONSIDER: These 11 workplace rights are a must — make sure no one takes you for a ride.

TO DODGE: Every workplace has difficult coworkers, but do you know how to deal with them?

💼 TO ADVANCE: Find a better job, where you’ll be appreciated more, with these 50 essential job search tips.



Developing a strong sense of confidence (luckily) isn’t rocket science. 🚀 Click on the post and give these 6 actionable tips a go!

Quiet Confidence



Quiet quitting is out and quiet managing is in

Quiet quitting took social media by storm in 2023, when employees started doing the bare minimum to get by. This then forced lots of micromanaging to the point where there was a surge in employees quitting.

So, enter 2024 with quiet management. What is it? Watch the video below to find out!

quiet managing


Reclaim time while working long hours. ⏳ Workers across the globe are scheduling personal activities into their day to stay focused and reclaim some needed space. Explore the story →



Is it time to move on to greener pastures?

job search checklist

If you’ve had enough of slowly being “quietly cut” and decided it’s time to change jobs (for your own sanity and happiness, at the very least), our Job Search Essentials checklist is a great starting point for finding something bigger and better.

Another productivity gift coming next week…



🔧 10 Must-Have Tools for Entrepreneurs: A handy list of platforms and software, each outlined with pros and cons.

🍹 30 Ideal Jobs for the Summer: A guide for those looking for an additional gig or side hustle.

🚶 How to Gracefully Quit Your Job: Is it time to move on? This is how to resign without burning bridges.



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Created with care by Chris Leitch, Joanna Zambas, and Electra Michaelidou.