Over the last few weeks, a new trend has taken over everyone’s minds. That is the work mindset called “Quiet Quitting.”
TikTok user Zaiad Khan (@zaidleppelin) defined it as an instance “where you’re not outright quitting your job, but you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond.”
“You are still performing your duties,” he added, “but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentally that work has to be our life.”
Khan’s video now stands at 3.4 million views, with input from employees and employers. Local and international media have also covered it.
However, some are saying that this mindset is not new at all. Many people wonder why they need a term to describe something as ordinary as going to work and doing your job.
Other employees feel validated for never volunteering or raising their hand at work, while others feel judged for being overachievers.
Then some are envious: They wish they could quietly quit but believe they could never get away with it because of the nature of their work, their race, or even gender.
Matt Spielman, a New York-based career coach and author, said he understands why some people want to scale back at work.
He said, “If somebody really is burnt out or at the end of his or her rope or having personal issues, I think dialing the knob back from 10 to 7 or 6 or 5 makes sense.”
Remote work has also strengthened this mindset as people feel “less involved [and] less part of a team.” But, Spielman is worried that employees may become “quiet quitters” to get revenge on their company.
“Quiet quitting seems very passive-aggressive,” he explained. “If somebody is burnt out, there should be a candid conversation about that, and it should be both ways….”
Above all, the career coach highlighted that quiet quitting could hinder people from finding jobs that they enjoy, love, and provides them with a sense of meaning and belonging.