"Quiet quitting" is having a moment. The trend of employees choosing to not go above and beyond their jobs in ways that include refusing to answer emails during evenings or weekends, or skipping extra assignments that fall outside their core duties, is catching on, especially among Gen Zers.
Zaid Khan, 24, an engineer from New York, popularized this trend with his viral Tiktok video in July.
"You are still performing your duties, but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentally that work has to be our life," Khan says in his video. "The reality is, it's not, and your worth as a person is not defined by your labor."
In the U.S., quiet quitting could also be a backlash to so-called hustle culture — the 24/7 startup grind popularized by figures like Gary Vaynerchuk and others.
"Quiet quitting is an antidote to hustle culture," said Nadia De Ala, founder of Real You Leadership, who "quietly quit" her job about five years ago. "It is almost direct resistance and disruption of hustle culture. And I think it's exciting that more people are doing it."
Last year, the Great Resignation dominated the economic news cycle. Now, during the second half of 2022, it's the quiet quitting trend that's gaining momentum at a time when the rate of U.S. productivity is raising some concern. Data on U.S. worker productivity posted its biggest annual drop in the second quarter.
So, why is this trend on the rise? Watch the video above to learn whether quiet quitting is hurting the U.S. economy and how it's being seen as part of the Great Resignation narrative.
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How 'Quiet Quitting' Became The Next Phase Of The Great Resignation
This is one example of quiet, quitting, a trend that has been dominating social media and especially Tik Tok.
In, July, Zaid Khan, a 24-year-old engineer from New York, posted a video about quiet quitting, and it went viral.
Then the trend has spread like wildfire with hashtags like quietquitting, quitting, and quieting.
Anybody want to work.
Anymore? Then, the mainstream media became covering it.
Like working overtime?, No, thanks., Late Night emails, ignore those.
Quiet quitting is a really bad idea.
If you're, a quiet, quitter, you're, not working for me.
The world is changing.
The way of work is changing.
Even people saying I'm not going back to the office.
And if I do, I'm definitely quite quitting until I find a job.
That is a lot more flexible.
Covid was the ultimate reset.
Was that moment where people start to ask a bigger question,? What do I want from my life? Do I want to continue working.
The way that I have? Or do I want something different? Do I want to continue to work, which is awesome.
Do I also want to be able to enjoy my family? Do I? Also want to be able to enjoy my life.
Think all of these things are coming in stages., And I.
Think quite quitting is just the trend.
That's come as a result of the ultimate reset, which is Covid.
Something, like 40% of workers, are now saying they plan to change jobs.
The pandemic also triggered the great resignation.
...to retain people, but they're really running scared.
Millions of Americans quit their jobs in 2021.
Some for better opportunities.
Some for a career, break.
The pace of quitting continued well into 2022.
This chart tracks, job openings and labor turnover in the US economy.
JOLTs for short.
Do think that quiet quitting is part of the great resignation story.
It fits into the general story of having a high level of quits over the past year, year and a half, and certainly a very tight labor market.
And in that type of a labor market.
It makes a lot of sense that workers may not be willing to work as hard as they have in the past, because it's very easy to get alternative.
The question is: what is quiet? Quitting? Quiet quitting is referring to a situation where employees are making a choice to not necessarily go above and beyond.
What they're being asked to do.
It doesn't mean that they're not doing their job.
They're, just not going above and beyond.
Back in my day was called coasting.
Last time, quiet quitting was five years.
Ago, I used to be in tech, sales.
What I did was work, less.
I wasn't putting in the 40 hours anymore.
I wasn't giving into the drama.
I wasn't giving into work.
Gossip anymore., I wasn't answering emails or texts or slack messages.
You know, DMs after the work, days, and weekends were free.
They were mine.
Even, though it's millennials and Gen Zers, who are actively talking about on social media.
Quite quitting, has been happening amongst Gen Xers, which I'm part of the Gen Xers for the better part of two to three years.
The anti work movement is not a new trend.
In 2021, the ‘lying, flat’ or ‘tang ping’ movement took off in China, many viewed it as an anti work.
This is a labor protest movement in China against the country's relentless work.
Some argue that quiet quitting is similar to the lying flat.
In, the US, quiet quitting, could also be a backlash to hustle culture.
The 24/7 Startup Grind popularized by figures like Gary, Vee, and others.
I think it is almost direct resistance and disruption of hustle, culture, honestly, and I.
Think it's exciting that more people are doing it.
It comes to hustle culture and quiet quitting.
We're, seeing from Gen Zers, especially that they're really focused on ensuring that they have that work, life, balance, and really mission driven purpose.
When it comes to work.
We see this across Millennials as well.
People are being more honest about the fact that they just don't want to give beyond the 40 hours of work that they normally would get because they're tired.
There has been a tsunami of job resignation., In 2021, the Great Resignation dominated the economic news cycle on or need to remain in their roles.
In the second quarter of the same year, US productivity data posted its biggest ever annual drop.
Some economists, blame workers, leaving jobs or not trying hard at their current jobs, for the hit to productivity.
Quiet quitting is probably part of the reason for the slowing in labor productivity.
It's hard to tell from aggregate data exactly why labor productivity has slowed so much over the course of the pandemic.
But it's certainly one of the reasons that you would expect to be weighing on labor productivity, right now.
Employee engagement also appears to be declining.
Recent poll from Gallup showed employee engagement in the US dropping for the first annual decline in a decade, dipping from 36% engaged employees in 2020 to 34% in 2021.
Disengagement, not being engaged, that's affecting the productivity.
Mentally, they're, just not there.
And, they really aren't giving it their all anymore, and they are just trying to stay under the radar and they are disengaged.
That's very much been impact.
I do think quiet quitting is a part of the great resignation.
People are so burnt.
Out, we've just gone through and are still going through.
We are recognizing that life can be so fleeting and so short, and we want to spend it doing something we love.
That doesn't mean work has to be our dream.
I think that myth of the dream job is slowly or rapidly.
People that shut down their laptop at 5, want that balance in life, want to go to the soccer game, 9 to 5 only.
They don't work for me, I can tell you that.
Labor demand remains a red hot in 2022.
Despite the looming risk of a recession.
Economic downturn could make quiet quitting a short lived, trend.
If the labor market were to turn it, you'd, imagine that quiet quitting would become less of a phenomenon.
The risk of you are quiet.
Quitter is that the economy would slow, and then you could find yourself in a situation where you're in a job where you haven't been given the most effort that you can, and it puts you at a disadvantage in terms of moving forward at that job.
If others have been giving more effort, they're more likely to have a greater job security than otherwise.
So, certainly as the labor market slows, and if we were to go into a recession, could potentially put those workers at a disadvantage.
In addition to talking to thousands of employees per year, I talked to thousands of leaders per year.
All the way from your supervisor, all the way up to your C-suite CEOs., And I will tell you that they are bothered by this trend, because it speaks one of two things.
We have employees who are doing their job, but they're not going above and beyond.
What have we done as an organization to these employees that make them feel like they can't give their best effort.
We're evolving as a culture, we're evolving as a people and the workplace is evolving.
We need to be okay with it.
It's the same concept for me as people saying just because I didn't have it, means you shouldn't have it too.
You should have to work.
Just want to be careful about just saying that quiet quitting is the the, you know, the Gen Zs and the Gen Ys.
I think that it can be happening all over the place.
And, the more we stay engaged and connected and share our purpose, the less of an issue disengagement will be, and then hopefully the quiet quitting term will start fading to the background and we'll see both employees being productive and well engaged and employers being very successful..
The term "quiet quitting" went viral last year, describing people who stay in their jobs but mentally take a step back -- for example, working the bare minimum and not making their job the center of their lives. Now in 2023, there is a new workplace trend on the horizon, called "quiet hiring."Is quiet quitting the same as the Great Resignation? ›
It's a play on the term quiet quitting, which describes workers refusing to go above and beyond in their work. The term quiet quitting came about as a rationale for the Great Resignation, or Americans' sustained willingness to quit their jobs in search of better ones during the pandemic.How do you beat quiet quitting? ›
- Offer quarterly or biannual performance reviews. ...
- Manage expectations early on. ...
- Promote leadership and learning opportunities. ...
- Recognize and reward employee achievements. ...
- Maintain boundaries and respect work/life balance.
Pay discrepancies are one of the leading causes of quiet quitting. The issue isn't that employees don't want to do the extra work but don't feel appropriately compensated for their efforts. More than money, the root of the problem is a lack of respect.What is quiet quitting in 2023? ›
Inflation could be contributing to why people are still quiet quitting, per Glassdoor's Bonnie Chiurazzi. Quiet hiring was also one of Gartner's "Future of Work Trends for 2023." Bare Minimum Monday, another workplace buzzword of 2023, also relates to quiet quitting.How employers are responding to quiet quitting? ›
Listen: Employee-manager conversations are the most effective way to prevent or respond to quiet quitting. Listening to employees instead of retaliating against them allows companies to gather valuable insights. The more managers learn about their employees, the more companies can respond appropriately.Is quiet quitting called doing your job? ›
Quiet quitting doesn't actually refer to quitting a job—it means completing one's minimum work requirements without going above and beyond or bringing work home after hours.What are the negative of quiet quitting? ›
While the concept may sound reasonable, this approach is more harmful than you might think. Quiet quitting isn't just disrespectful to employers and managers in the sense that employees aren't really giving their employers the chance to try and fix their problems — it hurts employees as well.What is the negative effect of quiet quitting? ›
For the organization, quiet quitting can lead to lost productivity and disruption to the team. Lost productivity: The sudden departure of an employee without notice can cause disruption to the team and result in lost productivity.Can you fire a quiet quitter? ›
But can employers fire employees for quiet quitting? Generally, yes, if they are “at-will" employees.
- Team members with no “buy-in” ...
- Finish projects late or not to the usual quality. ...
- Isolation from the rest of the team. ...
- Other team members report an increase in their workload. ...
- Setting clear expectations and constant communication. ...
- Provide resources and support to individuals.
When an employee engages in quiet quitting, they stop going above and beyond for their employer and simply do the bare minimum possible to avoid getting fired. In practice, this might mean: Not volunteering for extra work, leadership roles or responsibilities. Not speaking up in meetings unless addressed directly.Why are so many people quiet quitting? ›
So, the simple answer to why people are “quiet quitting” is their desire to avoid high stress and burnout by taking work/life balance into their own hands.How common is quiet quitting? ›
26% of workers admit they do the bare minimum or less
Twenty-one percent of workers are 'quiet quitting,' choosing to put in only the bare minimum and just doing what they are paid to do.
Quiet quitting is a way the employee deals with burnout to help alleviate stress. It may also mean they are ready to change positions or may be currently looking for another job. During the Great Resignation, employees started thinking about their careers, salaries and how they are treated at work.What age group is quiet quitting? ›
'Quiet quitting' has a lead demographic: Young, educated American men. Men aged 25 to 39 worked 16 fewer hours annually — voluntarily as opposed to layoffs — between 2019 and 2022, while men with at least a bachelor's degree cut back 14 hours, the most among groups, researchers from Washington University found.What is the new type of quitting? ›
Quiet quitting refers to doing the minimum requirements of one's job and putting in no more time, effort, or enthusiasm than absolutely necessary.Is quiet quitting just setting boundaries? ›
Quiet quitters have decided that working themselves to burnout, or above and beyond what they're paid, isn't what their life is about. They are embracing this new trend and setting boundaries while quietly striking a work/life balance.