Career Advice, Education, Mental Health

What is “Quiet Quitting” and why is everyone talking about it?

You may have been doing this for a minute without knowing.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 19, 2022

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing the term “quiet quitting” thrown around. Whether it be on TikTok, or friends joking that they’re “quiet quitting,” it’s very quickly replacing the phenomenon and conversation related to burnout.


But what exactly is quiet quitting? And who is it for?


Apparently, as explained by TikTok user Zaiad Khan, quiet quitting is when you’re not really quitting your job or making a grand statement about your dissatisfaction, but you’re simply “quitting” the idea of doing more than the bare minimum at your job. That means the days of going above and beyond to make your boss happy are no longer here.


@zaidleppelin On quiet quitting #workreform ♬ original sound – ruby


According to Khan, essentially, “you are still performing your duties, but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentally that work has to be our life.”


Another TikTok user with a considerable following also shared that he realized that he’s been actually quiet quitting by saying: “I don’t stress and internally rip myself to shreds.”


@claytonfarris4ever Are uou taedy to ‘quietly quit’?!?! #quietquitting #worklife #worklifebalance #boundaries ♬ Little Things – Adrian Berenguer


These statements are all very interesting to read, especially as we slowly and painfully come out of the pandemic, where so many people’s priorities were shifted and hustle culture was revealed to be incredibly toxic. When people were forced to slow down and (some) were getting used to working less, a big chunk of the population—well, at least those who survived the Great Resignation and the mass firings of the tech industry—realized that they don’t need to do more than is required of them for their jobs.


Doing the bare minimum at work and mentally checking out has become a global trend. Personally, I think it makes a lot of sense. Most young people or people who are new to the workforce realized that employers don’t really have their backs, and that capitalism is really just out to get them and exploit them for their labor.


However, many people feel perplexed by this. I think the main distinction is whether or not you work in the creative or tech industry. If you have a good old fashioned desk job, you’ve probably been quiet quitting since you got your job. But if you’re in the creative field, doing the bare minimum is not usually how you’re used to going about your career. When what you do is who you are, things get a little bit tricky.


So, quiet quitting seems very fitting for the times and dystopian reality we’re living in, and it seems to be a potential remedy and prevention from eventual burnout.


That said, is there a deeper meaning to FOMO as it relates to mental health?


Photo via Getty