You’re overly cynical
Making frequent negative comments about your job to fellow employees may seem like a normal occurrence, but it may actually be a sign of quiet-quitting. Having a constantly defeatist, cynical approach to your work shows that you’ve mentally checked out, lowering your overall productivity levels.
Your quality of work is poor
Frequently getting chastised by your manager isn’t a nice experience, though it can be a symptom of quiet-quitting. Constant calls to the office may be because your quality of work has significantly dropped, usually due to a lack of motivation or incentive. If you’ve mentally withdrawn from your work responsibilities, it may be time to look at new career prospects.
You stick to your hours
There’s no issue with working your designated hours, leaving your responsibilities at work when you head home for the day. What is an issue, however, is if you’re constantly clock-watching, waiting for the day to end, clocking out on precisely time – down to the very second.
You put less effort into the dress code
If you work in an office-based environment, you may have noticed that you put less effort into your appearance, potentially scrimping on the dress code. A lack of enthusiasm toward your workplace’s regulations shows that you’re starting to become apathetic to the organization as a whole, slowly letting your lowered standards seep into your work.
You do the bare minimum
You may have changed your engagement levels in the workplace, no longer going above and beyond your expected role. Instead of pushing to do the best of your ability, you may be doing the absolute bare minimum, taking your time to achieve your tasks in a relaxed, slow-paced manner.
Sick days are becoming more common
When you first started your job, you may have never taken a sick day, persevering through illnesses in order to perform at the best of your ability. Now, you could ring in sick with the common cold, unable to summon the enthusiasm to face the office. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself, of course, but make sure it’s for the right reasons.
You’re starting to miss deadlines
Missing deadlines, ignoring emails, and having overdue projects are all signs of an employee who is rapidly disconnecting from their role. If you exhibit any of these behaviors, you likely don’t care about any negative repercussions from your superiors, perhaps even half-wishing that you’ll get fired from your unfavorable position.
You rarely engage with your colleagues
Skipping meetings, remaining silent during discussions, and a refusal to socialize with your colleagues are all big signs of a quiet-quitter. You may not wish to form any meaningful connections with your workmates, subconsciously knowing that you’ve got one eye fixed firmly on pastures new.
You have no interest in career progression
You may have no interest in progressing your career, wanting to rip your hair out every time you’re told about the company’s sales and figures. Treating a job as a means to an end is completely acceptable, but if you went from being a hungry, ambitious employee to being filled with apathy, clearly something’s wrong in regards to your workplace.
You have a “not my job” attitude
Someone who is engaged with their work will go over and above their responsibilities. If you’re a quiet-quitter, you may have noticed yourself palming off a lot of tasks onto other employees, arguing that it isn’t part of your pay grade. Focusing on your individual responsibilities and refusing to act as part of a team shows that you’re completely disengaged from your work.