Quiet Quitting: What’s That? - Not a Mass Exodus
Lately, there's been a lot of talk about quiet quitting in the workforce and there's been some debate online about what that is. Quiet quitting is a trend that started early this summer where workers have decided that they are doing what is in their job description and nothing more. Many people in the workforce have been showing signs of burnout, high anxiety, and depression, and people feel that their jobs no longer care about their overall well-being and mental health. So one way that they are taking this into their own hands is by quiet quitting.
There's been no concrete definition of what white quitting is. Some people think it's slacking off on the job and still collecting a paycheck. But from my understanding that's not what it is at all. Quiet quitting is simply doing what it is that you were hired to do and nothing less than that and nothing more. You're still doing your daily job functions and your expecting day-to-day tasks, but you're not taking on more than what you bargained for and you are establishing a boundary with your workplace that you'll be doing what it is you're paid to do.
One thing that has become a trend in the workforce is people taking on the work of two or three people. They are juggling multiple tasks, priorities and projects and they're struggling to get this done while also balancing their personal lives. That is why quiet quitting has been so appealing for so many people. They are able to take their own mental health in their hands, and lessen the load they are feeling. So what do you think about this?
My take is that people are in the right to do this. For one, over the past few years jobs have become increasingly stressful and mental health has been on the decline. We’ve heard conversations come about regarding burnout, emotional instability in the workplace and people feeling unsupported. This is only heightened by the fact that people feel that they cannot keep up with the standard costs of living, and they’re struggling to stay afloat. We are only humans and only have so many hours in the day and need to be realistic. Sometimes,jobs cannot understand this, so people have to be responsible for themselves and establish the boundary of what they can and cannot do.
While this is my take, some have been calling those who have started to do this, “lazy, ungrateful, and work adverse”, but I couldn't disagree more. I think it’s responsible that people are being realistic with their personal bandwidth and as long as they’re doing the tasks that they are paid to do, that should be enough.