Let’s Explore Quiet Quitting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘quiet quitting’. Do you know what it means? In today’s post, let’s explore quiet quitting!

What Is Quiet Quitting?

Quiet quitting is not just a phrase that’s trending on social media. Here’s a simple way to explain it, quiet quitting describes employees at a company who continue to work and perform the required duties they’re paid for, nothing more.


For example, you might be quiet quitting when you’re completing your work duties without going above and beyond. Also, work stops at 5 pm, which means that you’re not checking work related emails.

Quiet quitting is often mistaken for being lazy or for quitting your job. It’s about setting healthy boundaries between your working and personal life. Also, it’s a response to stress and burnout.

There are signs that you’re quiet quitting.

Here’s a related post: “Let’s Explore Work-Life Balance”

What Are The Signs?

Let’s explore some of the signs of quiet quitting that you may or may not be aware of!


Signs That You’re Quiet Quitting:

  • Lack Of Passion At Work: Lack of passion at work can be sign of quiet quitting. It can be the start of your lack of engagement at work.

  • Doing The Bare Minimum: Doing the bare minimum at work can be a sign that you’re lacking passion. As a result, you’ll do just enough at work to make your bosses happy.

  • Lack Of Connection With Teammates: Sometimes a lack of connection with your teammates can be a sign of quiet quitting. It’s especially true if they’re a source of stress.

  • Only Doing What You’re Being Paid To Do: A sign that you’re quiet quitting is only doing what you’re being paid for and nothing else.

  • Unwilling To Go Above and Beyond: At first you went above and beyond to gain recognition, but overtime you became unwilling to do so.

Why Are You Quiet Quitting?

It’s estimated that at least half of the workforce in the U.S. is quiet quitting, you might be among them.

It doesn’t involve you quitting your job, instead you do less at work. Also, you might refuse to work overtime or answer emails outside of work. Let’s explore some of the reasons why!

It’s possible that you’re quiet quitting because you’re coping with stress and anxiety at work. However, it’s possible that you’re facing burnout.

Also, it’s possible that you’re quiet quitting because you’re tired of ‘hustle culture’.

Hustle culture is a phrase that’s used to describe working all day and everyday to achieve your professional goals. It leaves only a short time for rest and relaxation.

After a while, you may have grown disillusioned with hustle culture. After giving everything you’ve got to your employer, you might have found out that despite all of your efforts, you only got a 2% pay raise after your yearly review.

It’s possible that the COVID-19 pandemic caused you to take another look at your life. There’s a chance that you saw where your life way and wanted to make a change toward one that was more balanced.

How To Quiet Quit The Right Way?

Let’s explore how to quiet quit the right way!

Let’s review! Quiet quitting is doing your job, but not going above and beyond. It also means not signing up for additional work that is not paid or rewarded.

If you find yourself quiet quitting, there’s a right way to do it.

It’s important to be direct with your company’s management about having clear boundaries as well as expectations. As a result, the outcome will more likely be in your favor.

Frame Your Boundaries And Focus On Outcomes

It helps if you frame your boundaries in terms of what you’re doing instead of what you’re not doing.

For example, there might be a part of your job that you want to “quit”. Start by leaning into the core duties where you know you can deliver value.

Along with framing your boundaries, it’s important to also focus on outcomes rather than inputs.

Instead of measuring your value or productivity in terms of hours worked, you should focus on results and outcomes.

For example, measure your value on how much you’re able to achieve during an eight hour day. Also, you might achieve more because you’re not tired and feeling burnout from working too much.

If Quiet Quitting Doesn’t Work

If you’re unable to achieve the work-life balance you want from quiet quitting, you might want to consider moving on from your current job. Start by writing out your resume and networking with other people.

Quiet quitting is partly due to an imbalance and breakdown between employers and employees. If you’re unable to set clear boundaries with your employer, you should consider moving on.

Are You Quiet Quitting?

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