Why Quiet Hiring is a Win-Win for Employers and Employees?

Why Quiet Hiring is a Win-Win for Employers and Employees
Instead of relying on traditional job postings and recruitment campaigns, Quiet Hiring focuses on reaching out to individuals who are not actively looking for a job but may be open to new opportunities.

Organisations today are seeking more than just employees to fill a job description. They are searching for skilled and dedicated individuals who can help drive their progress. As a result, job posting platforms such as LinkedIn and Naukri are teeming with myriads of job postings from every corner of the globe. However, recent trends have shown a decline in the number of job postings available. Notably, job openings experienced a significant decline, a noteworthy decrease of 60% at the start of 2023. One reason for this sudden drop is attributed to the rise of Quiet Hiring, which accounts for filling most vacancies in medium and large-scale organisations. Although the decline in traditional job hiring may seem daunting at first, the emergence of Quiet Hiring presents a promising alternative for both employers and employees.

Quiet Hiring is the Secret to Hiring Top Performers

Quiet Hiring is a targeted approach emphasising quality over quantity in the current economic climate, where organisations have had to adjust their budget goals. Unfortunately, this has led to widespread job losses, as approximately 500 tech companies in India and other countries have laid off 150,000 employees. Despite budgetary constraints, skill shortages remain challenging for most companies and hiring new full-time candidates to address this issue is out of the question.

To address this issue, many employers have turned to Quiet Hiring, targeting specific candidates within the company who already possess the necessary skills and experience to meet their requirements. These employees are often part of a different department or team. For instance, if a company faces a sudden increase in demand for its services, it might redeploy employees from other departments with the necessary training and experience to fill the gaps.  This strategy is advantageous not only to employers but also to employees.

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Why Should Employers Consider Quiet Hiring?

Through Quiet Hiring, companies can focus on identifying the most talented individuals and evaluating their potential fit for the role. This approach leads to better hires and saves time and money by targeting a smaller pool of qualified candidates. Furthermore, in present circumstances, where over 88% of Indian employees are considering leaving their current job, companies must take a more thoughtful approach to find the right fit. Google and other companies are already using Quiet Hiring as a core part of their recruitment strategy, and with its proven success, it’s no surprise that this approach is rapidly gaining popularity.

How Quiet Hiring Can Benefit Employees?

Quiet Hiring has been dubbed by some as a covert method to exploit workers by some, but reality suggests otherwise. In fact, most workers see it as an opportunity to enhance their professional skills and earn a significant pay raise. By selecting candidates based on their experience and abilities, employers ensure that their employees are satisfied with their jobs and feel fulfilled. Quiet Hiring provides access to new job opportunities and promotes diversity and inclusivity by prioritising the best talent regardless of whether they are actively seeking employment. Such a positive work culture enhances productivity, job satisfaction, and overall well-being. Therefore, it goes without saying that Quiet Hiring is a powerful tool for organisations looking to attract and retain top talent while creating a fulfilling work experience for their employees.

The Bottom Line

Instead of relying on traditional job postings and recruitment campaigns, Quiet Hiring focuses on reaching out to individuals who are not actively looking for a job but may be open to new opportunities. By approaching relevant candidates within the organisation in a non-intrusive way and presenting them with exciting career prospects that align with their interests, companies can create a win-win situation for both the employer and employee. This approach helps businesses remain competitive and provides employees with greater job satisfaction, increased opportunities, and a better cultural fit. As the job market evolves, Quiet Hiring will undoubtedly become a critical strategy for companies looking to stay ahead of the curve.

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Sidharth Agarwal

Director, Spectrum Talent Management

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Director, Spectrum Talent Management

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