Mass resignation has given way to the popular concept of “quiet quitting,” or just doing the essentials of your job without going above and beyond the bare minimum requirements. 

I get it. Some level of impending doom gets people thinking about their future. And that future may not include chasing parts and solving global supply chain hiccups. Perhaps these days there is more than one former buyer who is now baking bread, brewing a cappuccino, sailing around the world or even working in marketing.

But for those still holding a job, everyone knows that they workday goes faster when you are busy, engaged, and contributing. It’s just easier to do the work and take pride in your profession and professionalism. 

So where does the “quiet quitting” phenomenon leave procurement? At risk, as usual. Information that has slowed down or evaporated due to lack of effort has a significant negative impact on our performance and the information we need to manage our suppliers.

We depend on a wide range of functional colleagues to get our jobs done, from planning to finance. Our days are filled with the give and take from just about every function in the workplace, each of which could be impacted by someone who’s failing to do their job well…

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