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Forget ‘Quiet Quitting’. In 2024 Employees Want Employers To ‘Quietly Manage’

The 2023 Digital Work Trends report highlights that 34% of employees feel they must guess their priorities at work, leading to disengagement and reduced productivity. Managers attempted to address this issue with constant check-ins and lengthy meetings, but these efforts proved ineffective. The disconnect between leaders' expectations and employees' needs hinders productivity. Employees want clear priorities and set deadlines to improve productivity. Click here for article.

  • Misalignment of Priorities: Employees often guess their priorities due to a lack of visibility across teams and alignment on goals. This leads to scrambling to finish tasks and missed deadlines, impacting productivity.

  • Negative Impact of Meetings: Despite more frequent meetings, nearly half of employees feel micromanaged, and 45% report that more meetings have not increased productivity. Meetings are the most frustrating interruption for 25% of employees.

  • Productivity Challenges: Employees lose productive hours due to overloaded schedules, unclear priorities, and missing deadlines. This affects their ability to focus and complete tasks efficiently.

  • Generational and Gender Differences: Millennials are more likely to guess priorities, while Gen Z prefers communication with colleagues. Females tend to seek communication, while males are more likely to choose tasks independently.

  • Leadership Approach: Many leaders feel the need to closely supervise employees, but micromanagement leads to decreased morale and productivity. Effective leadership involves providing clear priorities and empowering employees to achieve goals autonomously.

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