Quiet Quitting is picking up crazy amounts of momentum on social media platforms like Tiktok recently. If you are not familiar, Quiet quitting is a concept that has recently captured the imagination of employees around the world. It is when employees perform their jobs within the allotted time of the work week and don’t put in extra hours. If they do end up working extra hours they ask to be compensated for their extra work. Going above and beyond in the workplace is a great way to get ahead and stand out as an employee. Setting limitations in any relationship whether it’s family, friends or your employer is important. Being an advocate for yourself is so important regardless of your opinion on quiet quitting. The only person looking out for your interests is you!
It’s time to have a discussion about quiet quitting. What do I mean by this? It is being in the office, doing your job, but not staying at the office beyond your 40 hours.
The Facts: People are working more than ever, across different devices and platforms
Our modern business day is so connected with the internet and technology that many office jobs can be performed anywhere. This was proven about two years back when the pandemic hit and a large portion of the workforce began to work from home. Granted there is some dispute about remote work but that is a discussion for the next blog.
Quiet Quitting is a misleading title. People are not necessarily quitting their job. Instead, they are just doing their job within the parameters of the work week. Working more doesn’t mean working harder or being more innovative. I would argue that sometimes taking a step back and going back to your work with a fresh set of eyes. Just even a quick 5-minute step away from your work can show how wrong you were about a certain issue.
Some questions to ask yourself
If you set boundaries and stick to them, are you being a disengaged or silent quitter? Are employers setting these types of expectations as well by emailing, messaging or contacting their employees when it’s not appropriate? What would these boundaries look like?
Does your job allow you to set boundaries on “how much” you work? Or are you expected to be available at all times, 24/7? Depending on the profession you may have more flexibility in your office hours or the basis on which you arrive in the office. Clocking in and clocking out have become a less measurable practice with remote work.
As an employee do you take pride in the work you do within your set business hours? Are you in an industry that requires unconventional working times like an on-call approach? A business where you signed up for forty hours but end up working 50? Is Quiet Quitting just doing your job within the parameters you signed up for, or is it cheating the employer out of labor from your work? If social media has taught us anything on this topic it is that Quiet Quitting is a divisive issue, to say the least. Is being a workaholic a thing of the past, or is setting boundaries with your profession a trend employees and employers should embrace?