Quiet Quitting & Minimalism at Work

Minimalism at Work
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Quiet Quitting is engaging in minimalism at work and not getting caught up in the hustle culture. Individuals are doing only what they were hired to do and no more. The strive is to be mediocre.

From an employer’s viewpoint, the bare minimum from employees may create a loud at-will departure!

Employees are replaceable. Jobs are replaceable, too, especially with 11 million job openings.

According to The Guardian, “the rise in quiet quitting is linked to a noticeable fall in job satisfaction,” especially since the pandemic began.

It has been a weird world over the past two and a half years. Workers expressed anxiety over losing jobs at the beginning of the pandemic to participate in or wanting to participate in The Great Resignation to The Great Reshuffle.

People are engaged in musical chairs in the job market.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the  U3 Pennsylvania unemployment rate was 4.5% for June 2022.

The ShadowStats Unemployment Rate (that includes the U3 and U6) is visibly in a downward mode from 2020 but is still higher than February 2020, currently 24.4%.

So why are people quiet quitting? It could be a boring job, low pay, bad boss, toxic work environment, bad culture, feeling disrespected or unappreciated, no opportunity for advancement, family matters, health reasons, etc.

The list goes on, with more reasons mentioned by Pew Research.

This new term of “quiet quitting” sounds a lot like a combo of employee engagement and job satisfaction and work-life balance, but recently emerged in July from TikTok posts and points to Gen Z.

No matter what age you are, remember not to be a boss-hole if you want to keep workers you have trained. As an employee, don’t burn bridges.

Respect is a two-way street!

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