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Let’s Get Real About the Trend of Rage Applying

Une nouvelle tendance à venir ? Le « Rage Applying ». Merci à Vincent de la SDÉCB pour la proposition de ce texte.

There is a growing rage out there in the workplace. And we are not talking about road rage. We mean “rage applying” — the practice of applying for dozens, perhaps hundreds, of jobs online. This action is spurred on by an employee feeling unhappy, unrecognized, and/or under-appreciated at work. Rage applying is often presented in articles and on social media as being a good thing — an effective way to “get back” at a mean boss or a loathed job. But, rage and anger have a bad reputation in most areas of life and work. These are emotions we are taught not to have; to push down, or to hide. Yet, if approached with a high level of emotional intelligence, we can channel these powerful emotions to move toward personal growth and beneficial change. So, let’s get real about the current trend of rage applying.

Rage Applying: A Replacement for Quiet Quitting

A poll conducted by Robert Half in the fall of 2022 showed that fifty percent of Canadian workers may search for a new role in 2023. In many cases, rage applying seems to have replaced “quiet quitting.” Since the pandemic, many employees have felt overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. Post-pandemic, they want the flexibility they had before, with higher pay and strictly remote work being offered as an option.

At the same time, employers are experiencing vast labour shortages. They are training staff only to have them leave in droves. This scenario has been a trending cycle; employers need help, and employees are getting fed up and applying to any posting possible. They find each other in what appears as synchronicity, but without due diligence, it may not be a fruitful relationship.

We have been seeing this with clients and friends alike. Some have been feeling job burnout or exhaustion. They reach a breaking point, have a disagreement with their coworkers, are passed over for a promotion, or are unhappy with the growing, uncompensated demands on their time and energy. As a result, they apply to multiple online postings in an attempt to leave their current job.

This growing trend has its downsides, though.

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Source: Career Professionals of Canada, 21 avril 2023 

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