Quiet Quitting at Work

Quiet Quitting at Work is the new “Great Resignation”

The previous hot topic was the “great resignation” which has now made way for “quiet-quitting”.  Both because workers feel underappreciated and underpaid, causing them to disengage with their jobs. Quiet Quitting at Work is the new “Great Resignation”.

Key points:

  • Quiet-quitting in a Nutshell;
  • The Bigger Picture;
  • The Bottom Line

Quiet-quitting in a Nutshell

  • The term Quiet Quitting at Work is describing a process when workers perform exactly according to job description, and only do what they are paid and hired to do.
  • Quiet quitters will only work essential hours, and not work overtime or on extra projects.

The Bigger Picture 

For some quiet quitters, the reason is to improve a healthier life balance and lower stress. Also known as the “anti-hustle culture”, employees rebel against work taking over their lives – especially when they don’t feel appreciated or are underpaid.

“Workers have gotten so caught up in hustle culture they’re now having to demonstrate their burnout by taking a step back from working to achieve more,” – Andrea Bartlett, director of people operations of HR software company, Humi.

According to professor of economics and public policy at the University of Toronto, Dr. Philip Oreopoulos, the popularity of quiet quitting shows a labour market challenge. Employers now squeeze workers for more productivity, but for the same pay, he told CTV News Toronto.

The reasons for different behaviors may be unrelated though, and that raises the question: should we simply call someone a quiet quitter when they work in a different, “calmer” pattern?

For some, it may simply be the return to pre-pandemic working hours.

According to inews professor Abigail Marks,  of future of work at Newcastle University, said “Younger workers always have more external interests in terms of going out, partying, hanging out with their friends rather than older workers. And we know there is a generation who have children and therefore tend to work slightly longer because they have family responsibilities… I don’t think it feels new at all.”

“You create this perception that younger workers are feckless and they’re not committed and that’s not the case… I don’t think it’s helpful”, said professor Marks.

In some cases, “quiet quitting ” may cause employers to find and replace employees, as certain positions allow for doing the minimum, while others require being available at different times and with extra effort, such as sales positions. 

Professor Marks predicted: “Because of inflation, people are going to get scared. I think we will see a long-hours culture creeping back in because people will be terrified of losing their jobs because of the cost of living crisis.”

The Bottom Line

It is vital for workers to feel appreciated, in feeling and finance, and to feel wanted and part of the company process. Employing line managers that guide with clear communication and achievable goals will go a long way. Furthermore, good management soft skills that include support, appreciation and constructive feedback will help keep workers committed to the company.

Quiet Quitting at Work is the new "Great Resignation"
Workers feel overwhelmed by hustle culture and demonstrate mental and physical burnout through Quiet Quitting, doing less

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