Quiet quitting is actually not about quitting. It’s a trend on the social media platform TikTok created to raise awareness regarding employee burnout and create a healthy work-life balance environment in the workplace. On the platform, employees are speaking out against the companies they work for or have worked for in the past to create boundaries on what is appropriate and what is not on a professional work level.
Employees participating in quiet quitting discuss how they are only working on the tasks they are being paid for. They are creating boundaries with employers by not staying late nights without compensation, turning off their computers or other work devices once their work day is over, as well as taking their allotted breaks, vacation time, and personal time.
Self-care is also addressed on the platform by burnt-out employees which includes spending time with family/friends, getting outdoors, and even just spending downtime at home.
The pandemic has proven to increase awareness of the time spent in the office vs. at home, especially as many workers transitioned to a work-from-home environment, and others to a hybrid style of work. As workers experienced not having commutes and being able to spend that time on other personal things, it also opened up the opportunity to review life as a whole. This included taking time to take up a new personal hobby, go back to school, or even add a new pet to their family.
As employees, however, this trend could backfire, especially if looking to grow within an organization. Normally when it comes time for an increase in compensation or moving up within a company, employers will look for stand-out employees. If participating in quiet quitting, the employee is doing the exact job as described, with no additional value to the company, their job, or their peers. Doing the bare minimum in order to collect a paycheck doesn’t exactly merit a reward or allow for company recognition.
If you’re in a position as an employee where you are participating in “quiet quitting” or in an organization that is dealing with employees who aren’t motivated to do more than the bare minimum, having a discussion with a qualified human resources professional can help bridge the gap and create a healthy balance between employer expectations and employee work-life balance.
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