Leaders feel the constant pressure to produce results, reduce layoffs, and keep their employees happy while navigating a tough economic ecosystem. As a solution, many organizations are turning to quiet hiring to meet both their needs and the needs of their people.
Quiet hiring is a term coined by Gartner in their 2023 WorkTrends report, defined as when an organization seeks to acquire new skills and capabilities without hiring more full-time employees. This may require reskilling or upskilling current employees so they can accomplish what’s most important. Many argue that quiet hiring is simply a new term organizations are using to add to their team’s workload and hold them to the directive: “Do more with less.” Rather, quiet hiring is a realignment of priorities among your people to prevent burnout. It also involves clear and consistent communication from leaders to focus on what really matters.