Are You Readyto “Quiet Quit”?
Workers are doing the bare minimum in pursuit of a better work-life balance
Sometimes, there are three versions of your job. There's your official job description, the job you actually do and the one that your company expects of you. Most of us are willing to go above and beyond at times—to impress the boss or maybe just not get fired. But what if that becomes the norm?
Then you might have to look into “quiet quitting.” According to recent reports and a flood of TikTok posts, some young professionals are saying no to hustle culture. And this rebellion against the rise-and-grind ethos is called “quiet quitting.” It's not about really getting off the company payroll—the idea is to stay on it—but doing the bare minimum to focus your time on the things you do outside of the office.
And the sentiment is starkly visible in Gallup's latest polling on worker engagement. Just 31% of workers born after 1989—Gen Z and younger millennials—say they're engaged at work. It's clear that people are exhausted and burnt out. And easing up is far easier when you're working remotely, when there's no pressure to show your face at the office from 9 to 5 (or longer), reports the Wall Street Journal.
Some workers aptly point out that there's little reward for excelling at your job. But, then, others see it as an opportunity. The Journal found several workers are using the extra time to get multiple jobs, realizing that remote work means they can be mediocre at two jobs instead of good at one.
According to APA's 2021 Work and Well-being Survey, 32% reported emotional exhaustion and an astounding 44% reported physical fatigue—a 38% increase since 2019.