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Employment & Career

Quiet Quitting In The Workplace

There’s a new phenomenon in the workplace - many employees are trying to reclaim a sense of manageability in their jobs.

It’s called “quiet quitting” - and it’s not what you might think.
So what is it?

While it sounds like someone who silently walks out the door of their workplace, never to return… that’s not what it is. 

Quiet Quitting has nothing to do with actually quitting the job - it has to do with quitting the unmanageable expectations that some employers have of their employees. 

Many workers feel that they are managing the responsibilities of their role PLUS a variety of other responsibilities. It’s like having 3 or 4 jobs in one - and it has made the workload completely unmanageable. It’s causing burnout, mental health issues, and resentment. 

Plain and simple, it’s just not sustainable.

This type of an employer (who has unrealistic expectations of their employees) is trying to pump out more productivity with less and less staff. And the employees are starting to push back…by quiet quitting. They are saying “no more.” 

So they are quietly doing less and less - to scale it back until they are “only” doing the responsibilities that come with their specific role.

I’m really not sure what to think of quiet quitting. Part of me wants to give these employees a virtual high five for taking a stand. Yet the other part of me is cringing because I think that there are MUCH better ways of dealing with expectations and workload in the workplace. 

What do you think? Are you being overworked in your job? Would you consider quiet quitting?
 

Recommended Book

What is Quiet Quitting?

Sep 09, 2022
ISBN: 9798351857480

Interesting Fact #1

Up to 67% of US employees and 85% worldwide could be quiet quitting.

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Interesting Fact #2

USA is #2 in the world for quiet quitting activity

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Interesting Fact #3

Quiet quitting leads to worldwide company losses of up to $1.5 trillion each year

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Quote of the day

“Quiet quitting isn’t just about quitting your job, it’s a step toward quitting on life.” -Arianna Huffington

Article of the day - What is 'quiet quitting' and why are employees doing it?

A new trend has emerged in the workplace among tired and burned-out employees and it’s being called “quiet quitting.”

However, despite what one might think when they see this new term, it doesn’t actually involve a worker quitting their job. Rather, this term refers to employees who are no longer doing the work beyond their job duties and that they aren’t being compensated for.

According to Joyce Odidison, a workplace wellness expert, quiet quitting refers to hard-working employees who have had enough, want to work from a humane perspective, and just do the job they are paid to do.

 

“It’s a phenomenon that’s increased because during the pandemic. Things changed and employees had to make do. But now that everything is back and we have more responsibilities, we are on and we have all the other pieces to do, people are burned out,” she said in an interview on Friday.

“So they are feeling they need to stop doing so much and just do what they’re paid for.”

Odidison noted that when it comes to employees feeling motivated and avoiding burnout, it all comes down to leadership.

“Leaders need to look at these antiquated roles that they have on policies and procedures and say, ‘Let’s work for this time. Let’s update these policies,” she said.

Odidison said it’s important for employers to ask their employees how they’re doing, even if they’re scared to find out the answer.

“Organizations and leaders have the biggest responsibility, because you don’t want your high-performing employees to quietly say, ‘I’m done.’ You want them to feel fired up, want to work, motivated, want to come to work and feel valued,” she said.

- With files from CTV’s Joey Slattery

Question of the day - Do you think that quiet quitting is the right thing to do?

Employment & Career

Do you think that quiet quitting is the right thing to do?