‘Quiet Hiring’ Gives a New Name to an Old Workplace Strategy

Keeping up with the proliferation of buzzwords that try to capture post-pandemic employment realities is a real challenge for everyone right now. Into this swirl entered “quiet hiring.”

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, quiet hiring is “when employers fill talent gaps by shifting employees around and hiring contractors or part-time workers.” In many ways, this is a new label for old phenomena in a tight labor market with an uncertain economic outlook.

This approach to filling vacancies has long been a strategy for some organizations, such as those in fields demanding rapid change or that perhaps can’t afford to compete for the same talent pool elsewhere. Whether quiet hiring is a short-term or long-term solution, there are potential opportunities and pitfalls for employers and workers alike.