Quiet quitting seems to be the new buzzword in the workplace. It’s about rejecting the hustle culture and the notion of having to always go above and beyond what a job requires.
Post pandemic, we’ve seen a major shift in the collective mindset of the working class. As a result of being overworked, tired and burnt-out, people are taking back some sense of control over their working environments. Flexibility with work arrangements is essential. Quiet quitting refers to Employees refusing to take on jobs that expect them to work out of scope, overtime and above their position requirements, only doing the jobs that they are paid to do.
The term quiet quitting suggests a norm where workers have to undertake extra, often unwanted tasks outside of their job description, and where doing such a thing is treated as a form of ‘quitting’ your job. A number of influential business leaders are agreeing this trend is one we need to abandon.
“Quiet quitting isn’t just about quitting on a job, it’s a step toward quitting on life,” explains Arianna Huffington, contending that ‘quiet quitters’ would be better off finding careers they are passionate about.
When you love your job, you’re more than happy to take on additional tasks and responsibilities. Going over and above what your job requires of you, may look like organizing fun office events or celebrating your coworkers birthday. Often, these things are what makes a workplace more valuable and enriching. Work can give us meaning and purpose. Doing more of what is expected of you in the workplace doesn’t have to mean tolerating burn-out for ourselves.
Arianna encourages us to shift our perspective, “So instead of quiet quitting, how about “joyful joining”? Rather than go through the motions in a job you’ve effectively quit on, why not find one that inspires you, engages you and brings you joy?”
As Employees, here’s what we can learn from this new age idea of quiet quitting:
- We are more likely to accept or do work outside of our agreed job description when we are truly passionate about the role.
- Honest and open communication with our Employers is more important than ever.
- Not always going “above and beyond” doesn’t make us a bad employee.
- Prioritizing our health at work to avoid burnout leads to more productivity.
- Flexibility with work arrangements is essential.
In essence, people should not be overworking themselves to the point of exhaustion. And, simply doing the tasks you’re paid for should be the norm, not an act of refusal.