The phrase ‘quiet quitting’ became popular after a TikTok video describing it went viral. However, workforce studies on the changing world of work support the rise of quiet quitting and suggest it’s more than a social media hashtag.
Quiet Quitting Is An Intentional State of Mind
The term implies a norm where people feel they do more work than they’re paid for and are taking a stand by dialing back productivity as a form of protest, carrying out only what they are contracted to complete. In reality, it’s a little more complex than that. It’s when an employee accomplishes the duties necessary for their role but does not go above and beyond to take on more than is required – noticeable only because it differs starkly from their previous work practices when they did do more.