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Quiet Firing: The Workplace Trend That Has Everyone Worried

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Managers may quiet fire an employee to encourage them to quit.

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Quiet quitting has been joined by "quiet firing" as a new term for passive-aggressive conflicts playing out in the workplace.

Quiet firing occurs when managers intentionally distance an employee from opportunities to advance their career: for example, by blocking their participation in special projects, or hindering their chances of a promotion or raise.

Managers who assign menial tasks, have unrealistic expectations for employees, and consistently deny time off are guilty of quiet firing.

Quiet firing might be viewed as a response to employees quiet quitting their jobs. Managers who quiet fire an employee may "create distance and disengage from the employee out of hopes that person will disengage and leave on their own," says Annie Rosencrans, director of people and culture at HiBob.

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