The latest workforce term: ‘Grumpy staying’

Kelly Gooch – 23 hours ago

From “loud quitting” to “quiet quitting,” various workforce trends have gained traction in recent years. Among the latest trends: “Grumpy staying.”

The term, coined by Insider in late June, refers to high-potential employees staying at jobs they are unsatisfied with but hesitate to leave in a tightening labor market, Fortune reported Aug. 9.

The publication describes grumpy stayers as “typically employees who recently switched jobs only to discover that their new position isn’t what they hoped for or feel stuck in a position they’ve held for years with no chance of upward mobility.”

“Grumpy staying” is among the latest fad terms to surface. Others that have been introduced, in addition to “quiet quitting” and “loud quitting,” include “bare minimum Mondays,” “career cushioning” and “lazy girl job.”

While members of Generation Z in entry-level jobs have often coined these phrases, emerging leaders, professionals with high potential for the vice president or C-suite level roles, are also “grumpy staying,” Justin Hirsch, CEO of executive search and leadership consulting firm Jobplex, told Fortune. He told the publication many high-potential employees accept calls and emails from Jobplex even if they stay at their existing job for the time being.

Moving forward, Mr. Hirsch encouraged employers to focus on employee engagement and talent development.