Education and Beyond

Quiet Quitting – A Misnomer

A recent trend making headlines is “quiet quitting,” which has nothing to do with quitting one’s job. When a person is quiet quitting, they are still doing their job, but not going above and beyond like one might have done prior to the pandemic. Both sides of quiet quitting are passionate, but let’s start with what both sides agree – the employee is still executing the duties in their job description.

Employers don’t like quiet quitting because they see it as decreasing productivity and under-performance, which translates to not making enough money for the company.

There’s a little more detail on the other side of the coin. Some coworkers of people who quietly quit don’t like that behavior, because that puts an extra burden on them to pick up the slack. In contrast, those who practice quiet quitting are creating boundaries for work and life, as well as prioritizing their mental health.

To me, quiet quitting should not be an issue. First, employees are still doing their job, that’s the agreement between employer and employee. They get paid a certain amount of money for the tasks they do, in most situations, these tasks are completed in a set frame. Therefore, employees going above and beyond what the job requires or what the description states should be compensated for that extra work. Employers who expect workers to go above and beyond are setting themselves up to be disappointed.

Second, it should be positive thing to create the boundary between work and life. Doing too much for extended periods of time leads to worker burnout, which harms both parties. It’s also healthy for people where work isn’t their whole life. How many of us have paused from a tragedy or big life change and wondered, “Where has the time gone?” Why shouldn’t people enjoy life?

Lastly, if employers are really concerned about worker productivity, it’s worth looking inward to see how else can they create a culture, incentive, or better leadership where employees are more productive. If a company only wants to extract from workers but not care about them or their well-being, then why would anyone want to work for that company? Workers are people, and by ignoring the needs of humans, employers are shooting themselves in the foot.

What’s your take on quiet quitting?

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