Recently on LinkedIn there’s been a lot of talk about employees quietly quitting but what does that actually mean?
The new phrase is a testament to the behavioural changes that have been slowly happening within workplaces since the start of the pandemic. Rather than literally mutely quitting your workplace, the concept alludes to the notion that workers are rebuking any ask that goes above and beyond their responsibilities.
The term ‘quiet quitting’ highlights the hidden workforce who shows up, fulfills their contractual hours each day but will refuse to take on any additional opportunities, work later than they’re contractually obliged to or help with tasks that don’t naturally fall within their remit. As perhaps predicted, many have criticised this way of working, citing that only lazy employees wouldn’t want to work beyond their responsibilities and earn themselves a promotion. Objectifying this workforce as lazy seems harsh, as what’s wrong with only doing the work you were hired for if you’re doing it well? Quiet quitters argue that doing their work well should be enough to earn them a promotion which would then see both their workload and their remuneration fairly balanced.
Whether or not you agree with the movement, the concept certainly poses questions about the parameters of our work and home life and how companies decide to promote their employees.
On the flip side, if you feel like you’ve become a quiet quitter perhaps the bigger question you need to ask is whether your job is making you happy. If it’s not, then perhaps this is a sign that it’s time to get a new perspective. Fortunately, there are lots more work opportunities out there that could offer you the fulfillment you’ve been missing.