From ‘Quiet Hiring’ to ‘Loud Quitting’: Understanding the Impact and Pitfalls of Buzzwords and Trends In the Workplace

With today’s constantly changing business landscape, new jargon and buzzwords are taking off at an alarming rate. These terms, from “quiet quitting” and “quiet firing” to the “Great Resignation” and the “Great Rehire,” have gained significant attention in business settings and LinkedIn profiles, shedding light on important aspects of the workforce. 

Amid an abundance of buzzwords, it is essential to remember what truly matters: employee retention and engagement. The success of any organization is mainly dependent on the people who make it up,. However, as leaders become caught up in trendy jargon, they must recognize the reasons behind these buzzwords, typically resulting from disengaged employees. It’s important to focus on understanding what drives and motivates their people and create a motivated and loyal workforce.

In this article, our main focus is on employee engagement and retention. We aim to cut through the noise and buzzwords that are currently circulating inside and outside the office that describe the current shift in employees’ sentiments and their relationship with work. By exploring the core elements of fostering a committed workforce, we can refocus our attention on strategies that can make a significant impact. We will also discuss how RVR collaborates with employers to enhance retention and engagement in a meaningful way.

Understanding buzzwords and jargon proliferating the world of work

Buzzy terms, such as “quiet quitting,” “quiet hiring,” and “loud quitting,” often lack clear definitions or specific guidelines for addressing them, making them vague and ambiguous. While derived from technical terminology, these HR or work-related terms tend to lose their original meaning as they gain popularity.

Shortly after the pandemic’s onset, the term “Great Resignation” initially emerged to describe the wave of Americans who voluntarily left their jobs. Subsequently, phrases like “Great Rehire” or “Great Rehiring” were coined to represent the mass hiring efforts in 2022 as a response to the “Great Resignation” phenomenon.

During this period, “quiet quitting” gained traction as a concept rejecting the prevailing hustle culture that prioritizes work above all else. It prompted numerous narratives exploring the decline in employee engagement among U.S. workers. Alongside “quiet quitting,” related terms, such as “quiet hiring,” “quiet firing,” and “loud quitting” emerged.

“Quiet hiring” is a strategy where organizations maximize existing resources by leveraging current employees and creating new learning experiences to grow and develop without hiring additional staff. Conversely, “quiet firing” occurs when managers fail to provide sufficient coaching, support, and career development, leading to employee departures. Unlike “quiet quitters,” who silently disengage, “loud quitters” openly express their dissatisfaction before leaving.

However, relying too heavily on the latest buzzwords can be problematic as they often fail to address the core issues. An over-reliance on jargon can confuse and alienate workers and managers dealing with complex labor force-related challenges.

Instead of getting caught up in viral buzzwords, workplace leaders must delve into the underlying causes of these challenges. By doing so, they can implement meaningful strategies to tackle them effectively. Understanding employee retention, engagement, and satisfaction is essential for creating a work environment that promotes loyalty, productivity, and long-term success.

The true essence of employee retention and engagement

Employee retention is vital in securing an organization’s long-term sustainability and growth. It goes beyond reducing turnover rates and instead cultivates a workplace culture that fosters dedication, fulfillment, and a sense of belonging.

The true essence of employee retention lies in recognizing employees as valuable assets and creating an environment where they thrive personally and professionally. When employees are engaged and content, they are more likely to give their best, enhance productivity, and contribute to the organization’s overall success.

When organizations prioritize employee retention, they become magnets for top talent, gaining a reputation as desirable employers. Additionally, retention plays a crucial role in succession planning, facilitating the seamless transfer of knowledge and expertise within the organization. Employee retention is ultimately about supporting employees, recognizing their contributions, and cultivating loyalty and commitment. In turn, this enhances productivity, job satisfaction, and organizational performance.

RVR’s approach to employee retention and engagement

At RVR, we recognize the significance of talent-related challenges and offer comprehensive strategies to assist clients in addressing and staying ahead of them. Here’s how RVR helps clients approach employee retention and engagement:

Understanding the unique needs of clients: At RVR, we recognize that each organization is unique and therefore requires a tailored approach. Our team conducts comprehensive and unbiased organizational assessments using our proprietary framework. We leverage data-driven approaches, such as the scientifically validated Predictive Index (PI) platform to analyze and evaluate the current state of your organization. This helps us to identify areas for improvement and prioritize detailed action plans to increase engagement and drive growth.

Tailored strategies and solutions: After thoroughly analyzing and assessing the situation and understanding the patterns of disengagement, RVR devises tailored strategies and solutions that cater to each client’s specific needs. We work with our clients to create comprehensive plans for employee retention and engagement aligning with their organizational objectives and values.

Talent development and growth opportunities: RVR emphasizes the importance of providing employees with opportunities for growth and development. We work with clients to design and implement talent development programs that empower employees to expand their skills, acquire new knowledge, and advance their careers within the organization. We also recognize the significance of the employee life cycle and proactively implement strategies to maintain engagement and satisfaction throughout all stages.

Creating a culture of recognition and appreciation: We help clients establish a culture of recognition and appreciation, which is fundamental to employee retention and engagement. By implementing recognition programs and fostering a supportive environment, RVR helps clients celebrate and acknowledge employees’ contributions and achievements. This includes utilizing employee engagement surveys, pulse surveys, and one-on-one meetings to ensure employees feel valued and their voices are heard.

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation: RVR understands that employee retention and engagement require continuous attention and improvement. As a result, we assist our clients in establishing metrics and feedback mechanisms to monitor the efficacy of their initiatives. With this approach to continuous improvement, we hold regular discussions on progress, challenges, and achievements based on clearly defined expectations. We also use data-driven analysis to track the success of the implemented strategies, which enables us to make adjustments and enhancements as needed.

At RVR, we understand the significance of employee retention and engagement in today’s competitive landscape. Through customized strategies, data-driven analysis, and a focus on the employee life cycle, RVR helps organizations create a culture that values and empowers employees. By listening to employee voices, setting clear expectations, and offering career development opportunities, RVR guides clients in attracting, motivating, and retaining top performers, fostering a high-performing workforce for long-term success.

Discover how RVR’s comprehensive strategies and tailored solutions can help you create a thriving work environment that fosters productivity, dedication, and success. Contact us today at 407-677-0400 or email

By: Karen Turner, Principal of RVR Consulting Group

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