This is a disturbing trend

Exactly!!!

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The French literally call this “putting (the employee) in the cupboard.” (Mise au placard).

A really bizarre movie called, “The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls” ( Le Passe-muraille) based on the novel, displays this at the start. If you are a downtrodden worker, try to see it for when the worker gets his revenge on his boss, lol.

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The Japanese call it “oidashibeya (追い出し部屋)”, the expulsion room. Again, not new, and not unique to the US.

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Yes!

I don’t think it is always the case of under-performers, but more so of favoritism, jealousy, prejudice, the fear of being less qualified than the person beneath you, mobbing, having someone else in mind for the position…many reasons, where the “boss” is not a very good leader.

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The article’s author may be a freelancer who has not experienced corporate life. So it’s all new to her.

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I’ve called this “getting quit” since roughly 1992…

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They “have been quit.” They “have been retired.” :wink:

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I clicked on this mostly because I haven’t been paying attention to what “quiet quitting/firing” even meant.

I first saw this in HS, and have many times since. In some ways it’s better, really. It gives the employee a chance to “quit” instead of being fired, which makes their job search easier.

Where I live, I think if the employer terminates someone, the employee is eligible for unemployment, which creates an obligation from employer to the state. In contrast, if the employee quits, the employe is not eligible for unemployment and the employer has not financial obligations.

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I think it’s more an issue of not wanting to pay severance than not wanting to pay unemployment.

One of my office jobs was a union position, and management never had the “round things” to deal with a colleague who did absolutely no work (I’m not kidding). The rest of us had to do her share. When it came time to renew her contract, they told her that they would not be renewing her contract. She was thrilled, because they had to pay her for a year due to the non renewal. She bragged about how she was getting paid to do nothing for a year. I can’t imagine being her … but I really can’t imagine being such a bad manager that I would rather have the organization on the hook for a year’s salary (paltry as it was) than do my job and actually manage my employees.

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I think that’s true. Meant to write that as well.