What is Quiet Quitting?

What is Quiet Quitting – People sometimes mislabel and misunderstand this term mainly because it doesn’t mean quitting the job. Quiet Quitting means stopping the overwork. It’s when employees don’t go the extra mile in their jobs. They do barely what it is specified for them to do in their job description. Quiet Quitting is when the employee says: I’m not checking emails in the evening when I’m back home, or I’m not going to do any work during the weekend.

When Does Quiet Quitting Apply?

Usually, it can be applied in some of the office jobs, like accounting and finance. Also jobs like Security Officers, Bartending, hospitality front liners like Waiters, room service, for example and that type of work can afford Quiet Quitting.

Is It About The Pay?

Some Career Coaches describe it as: people doing what they are getting paid for. For many people they claim it makes sense. They describe “Quiet Quitters” as carefully coasting, like sailing along coast without any effort.

Can Anyone Apply Quiet Quitting?

Creativity is very well appreciated and honored in any work environment. But creativity needs time and effort. And “Quiet Quitters” will never be able to climb the corporate ladder. They don’t have careers but barely jobs that they won’t be able to sustain.

Recently this concept started to trend on Social Media platforms. Many supporters are arguing that it’s a good measure to bring balance to your life and prioritize your friends or family. But many entrepreneurs and activists are against it.

People that make that extra mile to try to solve problems in their organizations are the one that succeed in life. Entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, one of the Sharks Investors in the Shark Tank US TV series describes it as: “A Very bad idea”. He stated: “You have to go beyond not because you have it, but because you want to, that’s how you achieve success. People who shut down their laptop at 5:00 who want to work 9 to 5 only and go the soccer game, they don’t work for me, I hope they work for my competitors”.

Quiet Quitting and Different Generations

The concept is not a generational divide. Even though young people are showing it and speaking about more on the Internet. But numbers show that Quiet Quitting reaches many group of ages; Gen X, Gen Z and Millennials.

I would understand a man or woman in his or her late 50’s deciding to Quiet Quit, or already doing it. But young people who decide to quiet quit while they barely “Quiet Started” a year or 5 years ago is not a good sign. Hard work pays off, it’s true. But it doesn’t do so in 1 month. Life is just not an ATM, you press a button and money comes out. It’s not a walk in the park, it is hard and does require hard work.

“People who shut down their laptop at 5:00 who want to work 9 to 5 only and go the soccer game, they don’t work for me. I hope they work for my competitors.”

— Kevin O’Leary

Quiet Quitting is simply a recipe for failure. Career Advisors and Human Resources specialists describe it as if shooting yourself in the foot. It’s better to actually quit and find another job that aspires you. If your choice is to challenge yourself and advance in life, then you need to be proactive and walk that extra mile.

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