Understanding Loud Quitting: The Destructive Impact of Employee Discontent

By Antoni

How loud is Loud Quitting?

Loud. Very loud.

Some employees work under the radar, doing only what they have to. Others vent their displeasure everywhere. The first phenomenon is called Quiet Quitting. The latter is the new buzzword in management: Loud Quitting. It is the most destructive of the two mentioned so beware!

We have seen it in the media many times. Big companies want to force their employees back to boring workplaces five days a week when there is not even a productivity reason for it. Media producers and lawyer firms run slave contracts they call “trainee opportunities”. Or the telecom company that came up with the brilliant idea of bullying its employees into quitting on their own. Why should they be highly rated by the employees?

As a leader, it can be good to ask yourself three questions:

Is the person actively disengaged, and thus a saboteur, or is the person exposed to lousy leadership (yes, now it’s about looking in the mirror)?

If you have a saboteur, how do you quickly minimize the damage?

If you have someone protesting bad leadership – how do you meet that person and how do you change that leadership?

You cannot treat both the saboteur and the badly treated employee the same. They have completely different reasons for complaining. And maybe one of the groups is actually so Actively Engaged (which is a good thing) that you stand to gain as plenty by getting them on your side.

Communication, motivation, and performance are connected. I notice it so often when I speak to, and train, companies, municipalities, and governments around the world. The majority want nothing more than to contribute, feel appreciated, and have fun. Help them with that and you might just avoid Loud Quitting.

Thanks for reading my mind.

Team Antoni Explains

Loud Quitting, a term that is gaining prominence in management circles, signifies a significant and destructive level of employee discontent within an organization. In contrast to Quiet Quitting, where employees disengage quietly and unobtrusively, Loud Quitting is characterized by employees openly expressing their displeasure, often vociferously.

This phenomenon is an issue that organizations should not underestimate, as it can have severe repercussions on employee morale, productivity, and the overall work environment.

The Nature of Loud Quitting:

Loud Quitting is a response to a variety of factors that create discontent among employees. These factors may include unreasonable workplace demands, inequitable employment practices, or unaddressed issues related to leadership and management.

Some instances of Loud Quitting are visible in the media when companies implement policies or practices that negatively impact their workforce. This can include attempts to force employees back to traditional workplaces, exploitative employment contracts disguised as “trainee opportunities,” or creating an atmosphere that pushes employees to quit voluntarily.

Addressing Loud Quitting:

As leaders, it is essential to recognize that Loud Quitting stems from different motivations compared to Quiet Quitting. Therefore, addressing it requires a unique approach.

Here are three key questions to consider:

Identify the Root Cause:

Is the disgruntled employee actively disengaged and working against the organization, or are they reacting to poor leadership practices?

It is crucial to introspect and assess whether the employee’s dissatisfaction is a result of genuine concerns about the workplace or their disengagement from their role.

Minimizing the Damage:

If an employee is actively disengaged and causing harm to the organization, swift action may be necessary to mitigate the potential damage.
Effective conflict resolution and open communication can help address and resolve the employee’s issues, preventing further disruption.

Improving Leadership:

When employees express their dissatisfaction as a response to poor leadership, it is essential to address the leadership concerns promptly.
Leaders must engage in self-reflection, listen to employees’ grievances, and work to improve the quality of leadership and management within the organization.

The Importance of Employee Engagement:
Loud Quitting and its counterpart, Quiet Quitting, both underscore the importance of employee engagement in organizational success.

When employees feel valued, motivated, and connected to their work, they are more likely to be productive and contribute positively to the organization. Open channels of communication, recognition, and creating a positive work culture can help prevent both forms of quitting.


Loud Quitting is a destructive manifestation of employee discontent that can have detrimental effects on an organization. Addressing Loud Quitting requires a nuanced approach that differentiates between employees who actively sabotage and those who protest against poor leadership.

By fostering a culture of open communication, recognizing employee contributions, and continuously improving leadership practices, organizations can mitigate the risks associated with Loud Quitting and promote a more engaged and motivated workforce.

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