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  • Writer's pictureLori A. Jazvac, MRW

Quiet Thriving: The New Career Trend that's Gaining Traction

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

You may have heard of the term "quiet quitting" over the past year. Essentially, "quiet quitting" refers to when a professional remains in their role, but they do the least without dedicating more time or effort that is absolutely necessary.

The pandemic has made people reflect and change their relationship to work. They were leaving their jobs, forming unions, enjoying greater flexibility and refusing to return to the office — even when they were required to do so. Remote work gained increasing popularity with now hybrid roles becoming ever more common.

Well, moving forward as we progress with 2023, there is a new term that has emerged called "quiet thriving" unleashed by psychotherapist, Lesley Alderman. It's really about uncovering new ways to engage with your work and enhance your passion and productivity. This term actually challenges the stagnating mindset of "quiet quitting" by discovering new ways to reconnect and engage with work.

Strategies for Quiet Thriving

If you are finding yourself more and more disconnected from your work and the environment.

There is good news!

You don't have to quit and end up making a rash decision or one that you may regret. Rather, you can take simple strategies towards making your job become more rewarding and fulfilling so that you can avoid burnout and disengagement.

Ten Strategies for Quiet Thriving

  1. Discovering new interests at work - explore a new area or key project where your skills might be invaluable .

  2. Setting clear, focused and purposeful career goals - working towards a promotion or improving a specific task can drive motivation and job satisfaction.

  3. Carving out a current and future work plan - reflecting upon where you want to be in the future.

  4. Taking a break to recharge and reevaluate your unique value - enabling you to refine your career focus and goals, while destressing.

  5. Acknowledging and celebrating your accomplishments - important for boosting self-confidence and increasing motivation. We learn from doing this!

  6. Forging trusted relationships with the workplace to increase your motivation and sense of support - connect with those who revitalize and motivate you, not bring you down.

  7. Refine your marketable skills to stay employable and in demand. Address your weaknesses and hone your strengths.

  8. Engaging in open, honest conversations about your job - speaking with your manager, HR or a colleague about how you have been feeling and ask for support. Otherwise, you may face physical and emotional exhaustion or burnout which can impact morale and productivity.

  9. Setting clear boundaries - for work-life balance and mental wellness. Stick to your working hours, and speak to your team about your work volume and areas where you might need support. Detach from work on the weekend by doing something fun or going on a day trip.

  10. Plan that vacation - carving out personal goals can help you thrive better in the workplace because you are addressing your personal needs.

So, are you intending to engage in quiet thriving or quiet quitting?

This is an interesting question? How about understanding your value, seeking professional support, and remaining focused on what you want to achieve while thinking proactively and innovatively. There are a lot more options that you can take than decades ago. From remote to hybrid roles to redesigning your role to taking on contracting work, you are the one who gets to decide.

You are the CEO of your own brand and in charge of your career. So maybe quitting is not the answer whether it's quitting loudly or quietly.

Let's work together to help you not only quietly thrive but thrive and grow in the workplace. Your career satisfaction matters! Call Creative Horizons Communications today.

Think creatively and visualize a new career horizon!

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