Quiet quitting – the ‘trend’ of doing the bare minimum to meet the requirements of your job description and nothing more – has become an acknowledged phenomenon of 2022. Although the act is not something new, it has become more widespread than previously suspected.
A June 2022 Gallup survey of workers aged 18 and older, showed that quiet quitters ‘make up at least 50% of the U.S. workforce—probably more.’ This trend can be seen as a means of silent rebellion against the blurring of work/life boundaries. Where it’s not just emails encroaching on out-of-hours time, but texts, WhatsApp group messages, and even Zoom calls. Not to mention the implied criticism of anyone who happens to leave their desk at the appointed time.