How social media platforms are changing employee behaviour

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In the dynamic digital era that we live in, the workplace isn’t immune to the influence of social media…

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, younger employees are being increasingly influenced by workplace trends popularised by the social media platform TikTok. This influence has had dramatic effects on the landscape of employment culture, the role of an employee and their relationship with their employers.

Essentially, the traditional model of employees embracing the 9-5 culture and being grateful to their employers for their job appears to be on the brink of extinction.

This raises numerous legal and ethical questions, making it an interesting topic for legal practitioners – particularly those specialising in Employment Law.

What new employment trends are on the rise?

Quiet Quitting

The term ‘quiet quitting’ first blew up into the workplace zeitgeist following the hard slog of the pandemic – where many employers claimed they simply had nothing more to give and were too tired to go ‘above and beyond’ anymore.

This refers to an employee disengaging or ‘checking out’ from their work. Whilst they may be physically present in the office or workplace, the employee is not fully engaged with their role or tasks and does not contribute their full range of skills, creativity or effort.

Despite their lack of effort, the employee will avoid being picked up on for poor performance by doing just the bare minimum to get by. They’ll turn up on time, work their hours, and meet deadlines, but they aren’t motivated to go above and beyond in any sense. This gives the employee time to pursue other career opportunities whilst still retaining job security.

This mindset can have a compounding detrimental effect on employers, as with several members of their workforce ‘quiet quitting’ and disengaged from their work – productivity decreases, team morale is lowered, and the work environment generally suffers.

Bare Minimum Monday

Another emerging trend on social media is ‘bare minimum Monday’ – which appears to have risen to popularity following the viral acknowledgement of ‘the Sunday Scaries’. The Sunday Scaries refers to the anxiety many individuals face on a Sunday evening, knowing they have a week of work and deadlines ahead of them.

Bare Minimum Monday, then, is a term to describe the trend of intentionally limiting productivity on Mondays. The idea is that employees ‘ease into” the week by just doing the necessary tasks required for their role, saving the more demanding, complex or high-effort tasks for later in the week.

The philosophy behind the trend is related to the belief that by starting the week at a slower, less stressful pace, employees can prevent burnout and reduce anxiety around work.

For employers, however, it’s no surprise that this isn’t great news.

Like ‘quiet quitting,’ fulfilling the bare minimum job requirements may lead to a decrease in productivity. However, it is not typically a contractual requirement that employers go ‘above and beyond.’ This can leave employers in a difficult position.

Ghosting

Finally, as this term is commonplace within the dating culture, one may argue it was only a matter of time before it transcended to workplace culture, too. The term refers to the act of ditching an employer without notice and without explanation if a better job opportunity comes along.

What do these trends mean for employers?

Undoubtedly, these trends underscore a significant change in how the younger generation perceives work, and they pose a real challenge for employers striving to maintain a productive and committed workforce.

With a zeitgeist shift from workplace loyalty and pride to a culture focused on achieving a healthy work-life balance, practising self-care and avoiding burnout, employers are reminded of the importance of workplace perks and valuing their employee’s time in order to retain talent.

The emerging trends also challenge Employment Law experts to help businesses navigate these emerging workplace trends whilst upholding the legal rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees.

DRN Employment Law Solicitors

At DRN Solicitors, we understand these shifts and are ready to assist businesses and employees alike in navigating this new employment landscape. We can provide legal advice and representation related to various employment issues that might arise from these changing trends.

For employers, we can offer advice on how to manage these new workplace trends legally and effectively. Meanwhile, for employees, we can provide legal advice to ensure your rights are upheld amidst these evolving trends.

For more information, please contact our Employment Law expert solicitor, Matthew Finlay on 01282 864599 or get in touch here.

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