Throughout the last few days, you may have seen the term “quiet quitting” trending on social media while not being exactly sure what it means—but the new workplace concept has become so popular that it could change the workforce forever. Quiet quitting is the new job trend that has quickly caused many to rethink their current work-life balance and prioritize themselves above the occupations.
@TheHill reports, social media is well-known for determining trends and the latest could have a drastic impact on the current workforce. The term “quiet quitting” is a new job trend that has inspired a host of opinions, think-pieces and some soul-searching as it relates to your current job. Despite its name, quiet quitting doesn’t actually involve quitting at all, instead it essentially means no longer going above and beyond at your job and only doing what you are required to do.
Led mainly by millennials and members of Generation Z, quiet quitting (experts say) is a direct result and extension of last year’s Great Resignation, where the U.S. saw workers leaving their jobs in droves. According to a recent survey conducted by Resume Builder, close to 25% of workers between the ages of 35 to 44 revealed they would likely practice quiet quitting. Heightened by the pandemic, the strive for work-life balance is of higher importance than ever, as many workers no longer want to give their all to their job at the expense of their personal lives.
Additionally, the new work trend involves putting physical distance between yourself and your job, including such acts as closing your laptop or leaving your desk immediately when work is over.
Furthermore, people are rejecting the decades-long idea that continuous hustling in your career will automatically guarantee them a promotion or more money for working beyond the requirements of their job.