There is a new trend that is taking over the workplace. It is called silent quitting and now more people are doing as we see a shift in the workplace since the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is silent quitting?
It actually has nothing to do with quitting your job.
It’s a term popularized by TikTok and a trend that started there.
It involves accomplishing nothing more than what is required of you by your job and stopping all additional activities. You still show up to work but you don’t do anything other than what you are required to do.
If you are working from home then you turn off your computer at 5 PM and do not check any emails until the next day.
You are pretty much quitting on doing the extra work.
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Is silent quitting a bad thing?
For many individuals, silent quitting can be a good thing.
Even though the TikTok above took a comedic approach to explain slient quitting, this is not how it is. Silent quitting does not mean slacking off at work.
But many experts believe that this can also be a bad thing.
They believe that this can cause conflict among employees. The ones that are not silent quitting can feel that they are doing more work than others.
Experts also state that this can underdeveloped employees which may produce inadequate for the future.
Why are people silent quitting?
Most people aren’t silent quitting because it is a TikTok trend.
They are doing it because they are either fed up with the amount of work they are doing when compared to their wage. Or they are not being recognized for their extra hard work years after years.
Paige West explains that she is silent quitting because of how much time she was spending on her job. She did not have a real work-to-life balance especially after most jobs switch to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. She states that she is still doing everything her job requires.
What should you do?
If you are debating on silent quitting or not, you need to ask yourself a few questions.
If all you do is work from the time you wake up and go to sleep, this might be a bad thing. Working this much and not having anything else to do can negatively affect your mental health.
But most experts say you should not silent quit if you want to make an impression on your employer and move up in a company. If you can work on a few extra tasks here and there, this will not only help you make an impression on your boss but you can also learn things that further your career.
At the end of the day, silent quitting comes down to a personal choice. You have to do what is right for you and your health.