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Is there a way out of inner resignation?
11/23/2022, 5:05 p.m. | Reading time: 5 minutes
An internal termination can have many triggers. Employees often withdraw when their efforts are not appreciated.
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Present, but not really there: people who withdraw inwardly only do what is really necessary in professional life. But that doesn’t really make it happier. Is there a way out?
Berlin/Dusseldorf (DPA/TMN). What has been trending in social media for a few months as calls to “Get out of peace” is called “working by the book” or “internal termination” in Germany. Instead of giving everything to the employer, employees only do what is necessary.
Julia Hapkemeyer, psychologist and managing partner at the EO Institute, describes internal resignation as “a work attitude in which I have consciously decided to withdraw from my engagement”.
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The situation is usually preceded by a time to demonstrate readiness and commitment. But then there is a breach of contract with regard to the expectations of the employment relationship between employee and employer.
Delivering justice by working by the rule
According to Hapkemeyer, if the commitment of an employee is not recognized, this leads to internal dismissal. This is often accompanied by withdrawal from peers. “If my employer’s unspoken expectations of me are not being met, I will do justice by obeying the law.”
According to Jannike Stöhr, possible triggers are disappointments – such as not being promoted or being transferred despite good performance. A former HR manager who now works as a careers consultant gives another example: You come back after maternity leave and are no longer given enough tasks. “People want to do a good job, but if that’s always frustrated, it can lead to internal layoffs.”
Freedom of choice is important
Structural reasons can also play a role. “Reductions in staff, limited area of responsibility, permanently unclear structures and areas of responsibility, constant under- or overstraining,” enumerates Hapkemeyer.
Likewise, the situation of “a lot to do but not enough room for decision-making” can trigger an internal collapse. “If my manager doesn’t take me seriously in a personal interview, for example, this can lead to an internal dismissal situation,” says the organizational consultant. The problem with internal layoffs: resentment usually persists.
Your own energy is running low
Employees themselves can use various factors to determine that they have actually already resigned internally. “The most important thing is that it was different,” says Hapkemeyer. “And that’s not just about performance, it’s also about working with others.”
It is conceivable, for example, that you no longer “look left and right” and no longer prepare teams for vacation or absence. “Because I think they should see how they do next week.”
Your own constitution also suffers. “If I don’t get out of bed in the morning, I don’t feel happy and I’m not angry either. In the hustle and bustle of the event, one’s own energy is used up,” says Janike Stohr, describing the effects. .
How to get out of the inner crisis
But is there a way back into the emptiness inside? Julia Hapkemeyer has proposed a new approach to work. “A cognitive reassessment can help me accept things and decide to stay.” Those suffering from persistent stress or dissatisfaction can also turn to an external resource for advice.
Jannike Stöhr recommends questioning your own patterns and being clear about how you can improve the situation. Answer the questions “Why am I here? What is good? What do I need?” can continue. A “way awareness” usually has a positive effect.
Get outside help
The superior can provide the best assistance to find a way out of the situation. However, since a disturbed relationship with the boss is often the cause of the crisis, it is also possible to go to the personnel department or the works council.
According to Jannike Stohr, mediation can also lead to improvements. “If necessary, a change of department or a new job can help the person,” says Julia Hapkemeyer.
Eventually, if the situation of internal layoffs persists, employees will have to explore their own options. “Changing jobs is not always the best option. If only aspects bother me, it makes sense to start a conversation and make it clear that something needs to be changed,” says Stohr. .
According to Julia Hapkemeyer, the question of one’s own health is also important: If a depressive mood is already evident, a job change or external advice should be considered if possible.
Basically, it is difficult to return to full motivation from a position of inner resignation. “Perhaps you can compare that with a connection that has already been checked internally,” says Janike Stohr. It may still be possible to fix, but it’s still harder.
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