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Ranks of Quiet Quitters Climb as Layoffs Mount

Surveys from Gallup and a human-resources association capture a hybrid workplace with growing confusion and distrust. 

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Close to one in five workers has fully checked out on the job, and employees’ sense that they’re being treated fairly has plummeted, according to two new surveys that paint a dismal picture of the American workplace.

The share of US employees engaged at work as measured by Gallup declined for the second straight year to just 32%, with 18% actively disengaged, making for the worst ratio between the two measures since 2013. Fewer than half of workers now trust their organization to give them a fair shake, down to 46% from 54% last year, according to a separate survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. The discontent, while widespread, was most acute among younger workers, women and those managing multiple teams across remote and on-site schedules.