What is quiet hiring?

What is quiet hiring?

As an employee, you may have experienced moments where you’ve thought “I feel like this is outside of my job description.” Your to-do lists may be getting longer, your workdays may be ending later – you have noticed that suddenly there is more on your plate.

This has become a recent trend among many employees, and one that will continue into 2023. So common in fact, that the workforce has coined the term “quiet hiring” to describe this treatment in the workplace. Quiet hiring is when companies have expanded the skills necessary to perform certain jobs, but instead of hiring new employees with the necessary skills, they ask current employees to perform at this new level.

Why has quiet hiring become so popular?

Because of the economic decline, employers are having difficulties hiring desired workers while maintaining low expenditures. This means employers have not been able to hire workers designated for certain positions. Instead, they have had to rely on workers they already hired and stretch their current skill to meet the new demands.

For employers, the benefit of utilizing the talent they already have could seriously save time and expenses. Employers are not required to recruit and engage in a long-winded hiring process, and further, they avoid spending the money on new salaries and benefit plans. However, it becomes increasingly important for employers to be as transparent as possible with their employees. If employers are actively filling in the talent gaps, their employees should also be aware that they will be asked to adapt to these new requirements.

Can quiet hiring be good for employees?

As an employee, it is important to recognize and respond to these changes. If you notice that your responsibilities have expanded, you should set a meeting with your employer to discuss the new expectations. When given your new tasks, your employer will have new ideas of what a “good performance” will look like.

If you notice the new responsibilities are beyond your expertise, you should ask your employer about professional development or training that could assist in strengthening your performance. Expanding your skills can not only help your company perform at a higher level, but it can also expand the possibilities for your future career. And further, if you are now engaging in a more sophisticated role, it could warrant a benefit or pay increase. It is important that when new demands surpass your title, you take initiative and ask for further compensation.

If you are an employee who requires assistance with reviewing your employment contract or negotiating further compensation, please contact KCY at LAW by filling in an online consultation request or contact us by phone at 905-639-0999 to book your consultation today.