What is ‘Quiet Quitting’ that everyone is talking about?

The term ‘quiet quitting has been with us for a while with a majority of people practicing it. However, many do not even know they have been ‘quiet quitting’ (quitting quietly) for a while. But they have surely found ways to change their perspectives and attitude towards their work, and the so-called ‘hustle culture’; going above and beyond.

Gen Zer and Millennials employees seem to be at the center of this as many older generations see it. The term began to skyrocket after the Viral TikTok video of a 24-year-old engineer from New York surfaced online on the 25th of July.

In the video, Zaid Khan says ” I recently learned about this term called quiet quitting where you are not outright quitting your job. But you are quitting the idea of going above and beyond.” He continues, “You are still performing your duties but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality that work has to be your life. The reality is, it’s not. And your worth as a person is not defined by your labor”.

Zaid Khan on ‘Quiet Quitting’ and the ‘Hustle Culture’

Albeit, according to New York Post, quiet quitting could have originated from the ‘lying flat’ concept in China. The ‘lying flat’ concept was first introduced in April 2021 and was birthed by the unending innovations of the Chinese government at the expense of the struggles of their youth. Therefore, the young people of China refused to be used for the advancement of their country without actual benefits to them in workplaces by following their ‘overwork culture’.

STRANGE FACT: Tech companies in China practice a work culture called the ‘wolf culture’. This culture is also referred to as the 996 work culture, where workers work from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week, plus overtime. No bonus, and no increase in wages.

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What Quiet Quitting Really is

The concept of quiet quitting does not mean ‘actually’ quitting your job as many people have misinterpreted it due to misinformation. Quiet quitting means you need to go against the hustle culture at your current and future jobs; quit going above and beyond. Work in a way that gives you a perfect work-life balance, because ‘work is not your life’.

However, even with this explanation, there are different ways to join the trend and quietly quit correctly. But like I said, there is no ‘one size fits all’.

You can decide to quiet quit by saying no to extra hours demanded by your employer without extra pay. Remember when you work overtime, your hourly rates should be higher than your normal rates. Quiet Quitting is rejecting this offer if it does not worth your time and energy. It is not your responsibility, so leave it.

Quiet Quitting can mean not taking or working on extra tasks during your work hours. It means not working beyond or above what you have been employed or paid to do. And not doing a month’s job in a week, so you can take on more tasks for the same pay.

Quiet Quitting means not sacrificing your personal life for work that cares less about you and pays you less for the work you do. It does not mean quitting your job, but you have the right to push out any present task for which you are not getting a raise or is beyond your scope of employment. If your job is too demanding, find a better job that is less demanding, pays well, and gives a better work-life balance.

How Other People Interpret Quiet Quitting

The quiet quitting movement has become a hashtag on social media with many mixed reactions

A Twitter user with the username @ShellyTumbleson tweeted, “I’d been hearing about ‘quiet quitting’ but didn’t know what it was- it’s when people refuse to work outside of the hours which they’re paid.” He continues, “Companies that demand their employees work and not be paid is also known as ‘wage theft’. Why isn’t it called that? QuietQuitting”

Another Twitter user, @ThiamMeka2Gogue says, “#QuietQuitting doesn’t actually refer to quitting a job, it is an informal term for the practice of reducing the amount of effort one devotes to one’s job, such as by stopping the completion of any tasks not explicitly stated in the job description.”

“I dislike the term #QuietQuitting. It is not quitting. It’s a decision. To simply do what you are paid to do. To fulfill your contractual obligations. To put self first. To avoid burnout. To have boundaries. This, is a good thing.”, @HR_Gem tweets.

Due to the outlash and negative blows, the movement has generated. A ‘tweep’ identified as @Miss_Elphie says, “…It’s not Quiet Quitting it’s Working to Rule!” He explains further, “WtR – Doing what u’re employed to do, nothing more, nothing less. Using QQ (Quiet Quitting) makes it seem that employees are doing something wrong, when it’s employers not doing proper role benchmarking and expecting “extra”!”.

It is not everybody the term ‘Quiet Quitting” sits well with. Many people, especially older generations and CEOs think the advocates are poisoning the working atmosphere and could lead to a decrease in productivity, and overall positive work spirit.

A user on Twitter identified as @TheSmileCEO says, “Opinion #quietquitting is a dangerous term in the world of #remoteworking. It mostly means disengaged or differently engaged vs the previous level but could bring negative attention to hard but quiet workers. There’s nothing wrong with quiet work. Let’s be careful with buzzwords.” He intends while it might be a good thing, executing it may as well send a message of ‘lack of motivation or willingness to your employer.

Kevin O’Leary, a star of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ thinks Quiet Quitting is a bad idea. According to CNBC, he says, “People that go beyond to try to solve problems for the organization, their teams, their managers, their bosses, those are the ones that succeed in life”

Final Thoughts on Quiet Quitting

Quiet Quitting means doing what you are paid to do, nothing less, nothing more. Many have referred to it as ‘working your wage’.

What do you think about Quiet Quitting? Do you think you will join the train and quietly quit your unfavorable job? Are you already quitting your job quietly by any chance? Do you think the concept is here to stay?

Tell us your mind. Let’s have a discussion.

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