This summer the term “quiet quitting” began making it’s rounds and quickly became a viral trend; one in which people debated whether it’s just a trendy term for being lazy at work. Quiet quitting has been described as only doing specifically what is required of you in your job, and nothing more, usually after an employee feels underappreciated or overworked. It’s often associated with doing the bare minimum at work, just enough to get by—or not get fired. The term may be a new trend, but it’s not a new concept. Employees can feel stressed in their positions, especially those with long hours and increasing pressure to perform. Instead of quitting, they decide to “take it easy” at work.
Some people are saying this trend is simply misunderstood. Quiet quitting is more about restoring a healthy work-life balance and establishing boundaries. While others are strongly warning employees that quiet quitting could lead to “quiet firing.” This latest term is explained more in a recent article in Forbes by Bryan Robinson. “Quiet firing happens when an employer may or may not have a specific reason to exit an employee from the business and takes actions that make that person’s job unpleasant or unrewarding in order to get an employee to leave on his or her own terms.”
Employees feeling stressed out and overworked should have a conversation with their managers before building resentment and regret in the current position. Or speak with their recruiter to see if there is a better fit elsewhere. With so many job openings right now, no one should feel they have to remain in their current role and “quietly quit.”
If you feel like you are “quiet quitting” in your current role, contact one of our IT recruiters to help you find the right role for you. Or check out our current job listings for a position that might be a better fit and the right working environment for you.