“Quiet Quitting” is the new keyword phrase for dissatisfied employees who are not (or are no longer) willing to give up everything for the sake of the job. The American media debates where the line lies between laziness and exploitation.
The ‘silent pause’ begins with a shriek: Across video platform TikTok, young American workers in particular are said to have sparked a development intended to draw attention to adverse conditions in the workplace. Nearly a quarter – just under 21 percent – of the US workforce already describe themselves as “quiet leavers”. This stems from an online survey of 1,000 employees and reports CNBC.
The trend started with a TikTok video by user zaidleppelin, which has already been viewed 3.4 million times. It calls on employees not to make their personal value dependent on their work performance. He uses “silence” to deconstruct the silent pattern of thinking: the mindset of having to push one’s limits and work under pressure under merit must be reconsidered. Employees should continue to do their jobs, but no longer follow a culture that is responsible for selecting people based on their productivity.
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