Doing the absolute minimum in work often leads to a slow dismissal process. The employee is meeting the criteria for work, logging in on time, staying for their full shift, taking scheduled breaks, answering the minimum number of calls and making the minimum number of out-reaches. They are doing enough to tick the KPI boxes and to move on with their job. They are not looking for pay rises, promotions or any loyalty to the company, they are simply doing the minimum to survive.
As a kind of resignation, “quiet quitting” entails putting in as little time, effort, and passion as is strictly necessary to get by at work. Considering that the employee remains in their job and gets paid, the term is misleading. The term “quiet quitting” has gained popularity in recent months. Recent media coverage of “quiet quitting” was inspired by discussions among TikTok users about exhaustion and dissatisfaction in the workplace.
It goes without saying that when a new generation joins the workforce, they soon discover that working isn’t all fun and play. It’s never been simple to deal with annoying bosses and minor humiliations. As a factor, a growing number of millennial workers are choosing to reject the hustle culture. Recently, half of the American workforce may have already quietly quit by 2022’s second quarter, based on results from a Gallup poll. The Conference Board also published a study on how engaged people are at work. This study indicated that quiet quitting costs US businesses $450 to $500 billion yearly and $1.5 trillion worldwide.
If people are starting to realise their value, regardless of whether or not quiet quitting is the best course of action, we can’t discount the role that more discussion about mental health has played in this. Employers that invest in their staff’s psychological well-being are more inclined to see the increased output, enthusiasm, and dedication from their team. This 2022, we saw how people adapted from the lockdown to revamping their lives into the new normal, and of course, with the growth of the freelance industry, quiet quitting becomes more prevalent. Because of how the pandemic has disrupted the workplace, the trend of quietly quitting one’s job has come to the forefront. With more free time on their hands, people were able to reflect on their professional lives and look for ways to strike a better work-life balance.