569 - Quiet Quitting Starts with the Right People

Posted October 13, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 569

Episode Title: Quiet Quitting Starts with the Right People

At my company, we quietly quit every day. Here’s why we can do this and thrive, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Welcome to The Perna Syndicate today! This week, we’re talking about quiet quitting and how this trendy phrase is actually something my company has been doing for years. Quiet quitting simply means workers who refuse to work extra hours for free, to prioritize work over family and everything else—just to be noticed by the bosses. People are increasingly disillusioned with that mindset, and it’s about time.

 

My company TFS Results has never operated that way, and I encourage my team to put family first and work as flexibly as they need to. It works for us because I am extremely careful to hire the right people, for the right roles, for the right reasons. 

 

I look for key professional skills in potential candidates—things like work ethic, leadership, communication, critical thinking, ability to take feedback, punctuality, and more. They’ve got to have the right behaviors along with the right technical skills if we’re going to work together. 

 

I’m also very careful not to rush the hiring process. We like to “test drive” employees by working with them on a freelance basis first. This helps both parties, as we get a feel for what a long-term partnership might look like. 

 

Finally, I carve out the time to build a human connection with each person. I know how things are going, I ask about their family—I care. I see them as people, not as work-producing robots.  

 

For quiet quitting to work, there has to be trust on both sides. We’ve built that trust together, and that’s why it works for us. 

 

There’s another element that makes quiet quitting work for us, and I’ll share it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. Take care, and we’ll see you then!


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Mark C. Perna is an international speaker and bestselling author. He also serves as CEO of TFS Results, a strategic consulting firm at the forefront of the national paradigm shift in education and workforce development.
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