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Ways Quiet Promotion can hinder a companys engagement strategy

by Kartikay Kashyap

After Quiet Quitting, Quiet Firing and Quiet hiring another workplace HR buzzword, Quite Promotion, is trending.

Just when we thought we had overcome the hype of ‘quiet quitting’, ‘quiet hiring’ and ‘quiet firing’, there is another HR buzzword that is trending at work. Quiet Promoting is the new fad which is being felt by the employees at the workplace. Quiet Promoting is exactly the opposite of Quiet Quitting.

While Quiet Quitting is an act an employee puts up where he/she do not go beyond the key area responsibilities unless they extra pay for the same. Quiet Promoting is an act by the employer where an employee feels overwhelmed with extra and advanced level responsibilities without a pay raise or a promotion. 


Quiet Promoting is not a global phenomenon. It is mainly trending in the US and the American workforce is feeling the same. An American Job search website, Job Sage, did a survey. It says that Quiet Promoting is on the rise in the US. 78% of Americans feel that they have been experiencing ‘Quiet Promotion in their current role. 

What can be the reason for the rise in Quiet Promoting?

The Job Sage survey also has extra data points which can put some light on why the American workforce is seeing a rise in Quite Promotion in their respective roles. The survey reveals that 67% of employees have absorbed extra responsibilities since a co-worker who worked above them left the company. Recently we have seen a lot of big brands who have been laying off people in huge numbers. These cost cutting measures can result in overload of work at existing employees. So heavy mass layoffs in the US can be one of the reasons for the rise of the Quiet Promotion movement. 

Another reason for the rise can be the existing toxic leaders and managers. The survey says that 73% of employees were suffering from Quiet Promotion because their managers had asked them to take on extra work and higher responsibilities. 

How can Quiet Promotion be harmful for employers?

If Quiet Promotion is rising in your organisation. It can really harm the cultural fabric and lead to a toxic environment in the company.

Burnout in employees Extra work and responsibilities on employees can lead to a possible burnout. Too much work can hamper the mental wellbeing of employees. This can result in bad performance and worse, it can impact the productivity of employees. It can lead to huge costs for the organisation in the long run. 

Increase in attrition A burnout situation can actually lead to unwanted attrition in the company. And the organisation can lose good talent. Everyone knows the value of losing good talent in the company. Further, this puts an extra pressure on the talent acquisition team to recruit more people. 

Less engaged employees Just imagine how one would feel, if he/she is given extra workload and responsibilities without even rewarding and recognising that effort. This will really put off the employee and will feel less motivated to carry the repeated overloaded tasks every day. This way, the less engaged employee will start looking for job opportunities outside which gives higher salary and better position. 

Potential talent quits If, in any case, the employer is trying to give more responsibilities to the employee for the sake of developing the talent, they should communicate the same to the employee. But if the employee feels exploited, he will quit. This way, the organisation can lose a high potential talent to a competitor. It can certainly give a competitive advantage to the rival companies. 

Hampers company culture There needs to be a fine line between employee development and exploitation. Suppose the company is just trying to reduce costs by taking advantage of employees under the guise of talent development. In that case, it reflects unfavourably on the company’s brand and undermines its work culture.

Is Quiet Promotion really detrimental?

An employee can also misread the intention of his manager. If your manager is assigning you more tasks than others, it could mean he trusts you more. It can also mean he is preparing you for further opportunities. But these intentions should be well communicated in advance with the employee. 

But if the manager is just trying to squeeze more work out of the employee with less pay and recognition, the employee will figure out the same in no time and will start looking out for other opportunities. 

It is better that HR professionals and leaders should catch the signs of Quiet Promotion well in advance. Companies must take action on the same as quickly as possible as it can really put a dent in the employee engagement strategy of the company.