New phenomenon: Quiet Quitting

"Quiet quitting" is quitting your job but not quitting job. It is essentially doing the bare minimum to get by of a job and not going above and beyond. It is the opposite of the Hustle Culture.

While browsing YouTube and LinkedIn, I chanced a upon a term - "Quiet Quitting", and I was intrigued but at the same time, I somewhat knew what does it mean as it is similar to "Lying flat" in China (or not...?)

What is quiet quitting?

"Quiet quitting" is quitting your job but not quitting job. It is essentially doing the bare minimum to get by of a job and not going above and beyond. It is the opposite of the Hustle Culture.

@zkchillin On quiet quitting #workreform ♬ original sound - ruby

Why people do this?

There are number of reasons why people quiet quitting:

  1. Putting time and effort, and giving everything to the company, and then not recognized, promoted or a salary increase. Hence, there is no point working hard because there is no positive outcome. However, there are times where doing more than expected led to positive outcomes but on paper, it has already pass the expectation. In other words, your best is the average.
  2. Consciously (or unconsciously - depends on the severity) not putting the investment in going above and beyond as it may affect physical and mental health. Generally, those people who do are usually in the after effects of burnout.
  3. Space and time for reflection gained after pandemic. People realised work is not everything, and there is always time for family, hobbies, activities and even businesses. All in all, views on life and work have shifted.
  4. There is always more to do. There is always someone better than you.

Are you part of the "quiet quitting" revolution? I'll love to know why and feel free to chat with me via twitter @Harrizontal

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