The great resignation, this phenomenon born in the United States, has obviously crossed the Atlantic to land on the Old Continent. According to a study carried out by Ivanti, quiet quitting or silent resignation has not spared the main European economies, including France.
In 2022, this phenomenon affected 24% of IT professionals in the US. In Germany, it would be 60% of this population and 35% in the United Kingdom. France is also above the world average (31%) with a share of 33%. Japanese IT is far behind at just 10%.
Millennials and Gen Z more vulnerable
Quiet quitting would not uniformly affect all company employees. Tech talents would thus be particularly exposed. But in addition, among digital Millennials and Gen Z, the rate is 10 points higher than their more experienced counterparts.
But what drives these young IT people to quit? And implicitly, how can their employers better retain them? Not sure whether it’s by installing foosball tables in the cafeteria or by equipping them with the latest iPhones.
Among the reasons given, employees first say they are frustrated with silos and politics in their workplace. In order of importance, they then declare not feeling motivated at work, being exhausted because of an increasing workload, being in mental distress and finally not being ‘hired’ by their employer.
“Organizations can’t drive the next wave of workplace disruption and innovation if their tech talent isn’t fully engaged – whether it’s because of burnout or because they have a foothold.” in the door,” warn the study authors.
Hybrid working has increased pressure on IT
Problem: hybrid work does not always rhyme with improved working conditions and employee involvement. On the contrary even. 73% of IT and security professionals report an increased workload due to the adoption of hybrid/virtual working.
This hybridization is synonymous with additional costs, in particular to ensure the management of requests for assistance from employees working from home, but also due to increased use of shadow IT.
“Most companies have adopted some version of hybrid or remote working over the past few years. What we’re seeing today is a backlash on IT services,” said Ivanti CIO Bob Grazioli.
This results in new evils that need to be addressed, particularly technologically: “additional security risks due to the proliferation of devices and remote working, significantly higher workload and – which is not surprising in these conditions – more stress for IT people. »