Workers in 2023 are getting louder after a year of quietly detaching themselves from their jobs.
Now, experts are predicting that this year will be defined by loud quitting and rage applying as workers take a bolder approach to achieving their ideal work experience.
Quiet quitting can be described as meeting job expectations, but not going above them, while keeping an eye out for better opportunities.
Similarly, loud quitting isn’t actually quitting — it simply means that workers aren’t silent about their disinterest in their jobs or interest in finding a new position.
Rage applying tends to follow this trend, with loud quitters eagerly firing off resumes to countless job openings in order to transition jobs as soon as possible.
But the question remains, do these gutsy approaches actually work?
“Loud quitting can work if you negotiate in a mature way and keep the communication channels open,” said Alice Stapleton, a career coach. “Rage applying can give you the motivation to finally apply for roles, which you may have been putting off for a while.”
However, there are still risks with becoming an unapologetic workplace advocate. Employers may see loud quitting behavior as disrespectful to the company and its leaders.
“You then risk damaging the relationship if you change your mind, or you need a reference in the future,” Stapleton adds.
In terms of rage applying, Stapleton says that giving little thought into the jobs being applied for can backfire, which could annoy “the hiring partner or recruiter in the process” and hinder any future relationship with them.
If a worker is ready to be open about their desires, Stapleton suggests privately approaching managers first. Depending on the outcome, workers can either advocate for better promotions, or simply move on to better opportunities without involving tense emotions.