By now you’ve heard of “quietly quitting,” the phenomenon of employees pledging not to do the extra work that goes completely unnoticed. And you might even have heard of “silent shooting,” where employers treat employees badly for leaving.
But “quiet” hires” is something else entirely.
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“Silent hiring” is Google’s recruitment strategy, which is little known but extremely effective – but not for employees who aren’t ready to go the extra mile.
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Essentially, “silent hiring” means focusing on employees who are already going above and beyond, perhaps even taking on additional responsibilities that prove they have what it takes to excel in a given role. according to Inc.
Studies show that high performers can produce 400% more than the average employee, so from a business perspective, prioritizing them from the start just makes sense.
Google’s “silent hiring” isn’t limited to internal employees either. Per Inc., Google’s hiring committee, made up of five or six Google employees, judges each candidate on five “key aspects,” two of which are internal references and employee testimonials. The idea is to significantly reduce the risk of a bad hire.
So what about all the “quiet leavers”? It will be much more difficult for them to land a job at Google or a company with similar values. Employees who only do what is asked of them all the time may seem satisfied where they are, get overlooked for that promotion or rise in the process.
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But, in a sense, “silent hiring” empowers employees who want to move forward in their careers and make more money (i.e. if they actually work for a company which rewards their stellar performance).