Human Resources and Workforce

Would We Want ‘Chaotic Working’ to Stay in 2024?

In December 2023, a survey of 1,211 Singapore workers by Indeed found that “Chaotic working” was the leading workplace trend, with 16% of respondents admitting to practicing it. Another survey of 1,000 California workers on unique work trends showed that they believed that their work days were hectic.

The chaotic working has actually evolved in 2023, according to the U.S. Dictionary. In relation to chaotic working, employees who took the survey also experienced shift shock, bare minimum Mondays, career cushioning, boomerang employee and quiet cutting. All of them are new terms that emerged in the U.S. Dictionary.

What is ‘chaotic working’?

According to Forbes, a workplace environment that is disorganized, unpredictable, and procedure-lacking. This type of environment is often seen as toxic due to its high turnover rates, poor productivity and struggle to keep top talent. It is a major red flag.


Disorganization does not only make it challenging for the teams, but it also causes inefficiency in business operations. It is crucial for a workplace to be organized in every aspect. An example could be the arrangement of the shared online work files, which are arranged in folders. Meticulously arranged work folders will create a smooth and seamless workflow.


Confusion and stress could be coming from sudden project deadlines and changes in priorities. Without clear communication from the leaders, this conflict would rise. While sudden new tasks sometimes cannot be prevented due to unavoidable circumstances, leaders must take proactive measures. It can be done by helping teams adapt, providing advance notice in the future and setting clear and transparent goals to ensure everyone understands the objectives and purpose.


The absence of established protocols for addressing customer complaints leads to inconsistent and haphazard responses from various team members. This will bring on challenges posed by chaotic work conditions. To mitigate the challenges, it is essential to develop well-prepared procedures in advance for addressing future emergencies.

The cause behind it

Poor transparency within a company can lead to confusion, stress, and lower productivity for employees. The cause of this is poor management, resource shortages, or sudden organizational changes. This chaotic approach harms overall company success and negatively affects staff morale and well-being.

Do we want it in the future?

The answer is simple as an easy no. No one would want to keep running their brains on endless tasks that never seem to end. It would not only cause burnout, which took a long time to recover and affected our well-being in the long run, but also affect our mental health. According to Forbes, it relates to rage applying and also resenteesim. Even if the terms have different meanings, they relate to each other. A mentally absent employee who attends the office could bring a negative atmosphere to the workplace. This could affect other employees, which will encourage them to join in on the same action, such as applying to other new jobs.

What is the solution?

A positive workplace culture would address the problem. It must be addressed quickly so that situations won’t turn even worse. Thus, leaders should consider the following criteria:

  1. Team collaboration
  2. Inclusive environment
  3. Recognition and appreciation
  4. Work-life balance
  5. Employee development opportunities
  6. Flexibility
  7. Trust and transparency
  8. Clear goals and expectations
  9. Fairness and equality
  10. Supportive leadership

In conclusion, disorganization, unpredictability, and a lack of procedures contribute to toxic work environments, adversely affecting turnover rates, productivity, and talent retention. Hence, we do not want ‘chaotic working’ to continue staying in the 2024 workplace trend. The negative impact on mental health, employee morale, and overall company success is undeniable. A positive workplace culture that prioritizes the overall well-being of every individual in the organization is the solution. It is the key to high business efficiency and productivity.

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