Everything You Need to Know About Quiet Quitting

| Updated: August 1, 2022 12:40 pm

What is Quiet Quitting?

Against the hustle culture, Quiet Quitting is a notion that endorses putting your mental and physical health over your job. Quiet quitting means doing the bare minimum for your job, that is no extra calls on holidays and no working overtime. 

Why do people adopt quiet quitting?

There are many reasons why people adopt the practice of quiet quitting. They are as follows :

  1. The current job is not fulfilling, in terms of pay or the job description.
  • Before quitting, it is necessary to understand whether your concerns can be simply fixed by talking to your manager. A clear conversation can prevent discord or job change in the future. 
  1. It is a form of protest to demand some changes. 
  • People might feel that in exchange for their efforts, they are not receiving enough recognition or perks. 
  1. The workers/ employees are burnt out and hence,they need a break.
  • ‘If you are getting to the point in your career where you feel that you’re putting work above everything else – at the expense of other important parts of your life – it can be incredibly demoralizing,’ says Charlotte Davies, a career expert at LinkedIn. 
  1. Or maybe, it is just a prevention act to avoid further burnout. 
  • The best way to prevent burnout is to, of course, draw a firm line between work and personal life from the beginning. But that is difficult, especially in the pandemic where working life and personal life overlapped so frequently.
  1. The employee is looking for a job change. 
  • Sometimes if the person is doing the bare minimum, it is because he/she does not have his/ her heart in the current job and simply has undertaken it to sustain himself/ herself until they find a job they love.

Does Quiet Quitting Mean No More Promotions or Pay Rises?

Quiet Quitting might mean lesser perks and no more promotions especially if your colleagues are going that extra mile to please your employers when you are not. Not only will it affect your current role, but also your future prospects, as by not taking on any new projects, you will have little to show to your next employer. 

Jill makes a good point when she says ‘Actively disengaging from your job won’t solve the problem – and could backfire. What you see as “quietly quitting” may well be “loudly saying I don’t want to be here” to your manager and co-workers.

The entire practice gets more tough, if you have always been an employee that stays late to finish the workload and meet the deadlines. It may come as a shock to your employees. It is also difficult if you have people-pleasing tendencies as a person, which come in the way of standing up for yourself. 

We can conclude that Quiet Quitting is a good option when coupled with looking for a new job. And while entering the new job, it can be used as a tactic and measure to set the correct expectation setting from the beginning. As for issues with your current job, directly talking it out to your superior in the hierarchy can help.

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