We’re officially in 2023, and besides the still ongoing COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine, we’re all still confronted with an economic crisis. Therefore, it could be harder than before to maintain a job or even to get hired.
The concept known as quiet hiring seems to become the new real deal in the US for the current year if what an HR expert says is correct and as CNBC.com reveals. Quiet hiring refers to the practice of acquiring new skills without hiring new full-time employees, according to Emily Rose McRae, who leads the future of work research team of Gartner. This can involve hiring short-term contractors or temporarily reassigning current employees to new roles within the organization.
Does it sound complicated? Probably yes. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
Whatever the truth is, if quiet hiring will dominate the US or not, what’s for sure is that the country has surely changed a lot over the years when it comes to the policy of employers.
For instance, did you know that in the early 20th century, it was common for companies to hire “door testers” to stand at the entrance of a building and assess the appearance and demeanor of potential employees? These door testers would judge a candidate’s appearance, including their clothing, posture, and facial expression, and would decide whether or not they were suitable for the job based on their appearance alone.
While this practice has fortunately fallen out of favor, it serves as a reminder that the hiring process has come a long way in the past century. Today, most companies use more objective criteria, such as a candidate’s skills, experience, and qualifications, to make hiring decisions.