The post-pandemic era has brought new trends in the professional spheres around the world. In recent months, the terms “quiet stop,” “moonlighting” and “free fire” have come up in workplace conversations. So let’s take a look at these terms and get a broader perspective on today’s work culture.
What is Free Stop?
Silent quitting does not refer to employees actually leaving their jobs, in fact it means something else. Employees who “quietly quit” are doing the bare minimum that is expected of them rather than giving up their job outright. This may include leaving work on time for your shift, asking for overtime pay, rejecting ambitious initiatives, distancing yourself from work, and/or setting clear work-life boundaries.
Although the term is new but not the concept, the term has gained new relevance after the covid pandemic. Experts claim that remote working has fueled the silent stop motion in several ways. The pandemic has brought a number of issues that have increased workers’ demands and also allowed them to rethink what alternative work structures might entail.
What is moonlight?
Moonlighting is the practice of doing a second job outside of regular business hours, usually without the employer’s knowledge. Working from home became the norm during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is said to have led to an increase in double employment. Moonlighting has become more prevalent in the IT industry. Meanwhile, several companies have opposed the practice, saying that employees who hold multiple jobs can affect their productivity.
Wipro recently discovered that 300 employees were incubating and working for competitors. According to Wipro chairman Rishad Premji, 300 of its employees were fired after the company discovered they were simultaneously employed by a rival. Premji added that such individuals had no place in the organization.
Another major IT company, Infosys, has warned its employees not to take a second job without first informing the employer.
Private companies in India typically prohibit employees from holding numerous positions. Dual employment is prohibited under various state stores and establishment laws, but implementation varies, especially for highly specialized companies.
What is free firing?
It means that when bosses instead of managing an employee well, bosses evade their duties and hope that they will stop. And in some cases, they push their employees out the door without realizing it. The idea of ’silent fire’ has been around for a long time, according to Annie Rosencrans, director of people and culture at HiBob, a people management platform.
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