04 May What To Do if You’re Being Quiet Fired
Do you think you’re being “quiet fired”? Check out our blog post on the 5 Signs You’re Being Quiet Fired to find out. Employers may try a variety of methods from false promotion promises to overworking staff in order to encourage you to leave your job, this being easier for them than formally firing someone.
So what can you do if you’re being quiet fired?
- Identify the problem
Before moving forward, it’s important to establish whether you actually are being quiet fired. When working alongside colleagues who may think and behave differently to you, it’s easy to misinterpret the actions of others. Ask yourself whether there could be another explanation behind the decisions your line manager and whether these decisions are impacting only you or all your colleagues equally.
- Research regulations
Empower yourself with knowledge of how you should be supported by your managers and consequently how you should be progressing within the organisation. This will allow you to recognise quiet firing methods such as overworking as unacceptable working conditions and evidence whether you should have been promoted according to company policy.
- Document everything
Further build an evidence base of your situation by documenting your accomplishments and contributions to the business; examples of unreasonable action by your line manager and any attempts to communicate your concerns to your managers. This will help you later should your situation continue to escalate.
- Seek legal advice
Get the best advice from an impartial solicitor or union representative. They will be able to objectively assess your situation, aid you in evidencing what is happening to you and advise on the best course of action. It may be that merely seeking legal advice itself deters your line manager away from such behaviour.
- Protect your mental health
Experiencing quiet firing can be an extremely stressful situation so take extra care to look after your mental health during this difficult time. Be sure to share your worries with trusted family or friends who offer support and advice.
- Speak to your recruiter
If you feel as though your experience has made it impossible to remain in your workplace and you have negotiated all the benefits you can in exchange for voluntarily leaving the organisation, contact your recruiter for opportunities that will fulfil your expectations of a supportive working environment and chances for progression. Communicate your experience to your recruiter, who will be able to reassure you of the opportunities awaiting you.
Article source: https://hbr.org/2022/11/are-you-being-quiet-fired