Quiet quitting: are employees disengaged or are they setting boundaries?

In the last months the term “quiet quitting” has gone viral on social media platforms.

But what does it mean?

It means that young professionals “act like their wage”. Sounds familiar? Nothing new on the table. Throughout the years the expectations from employees as opposed to their salaries have always been a topic of discussion. However, this phenomenon underlines a new attitude toward work-life balance: younger generations are increasingly valuing more and more their life outside work and their well-being within the organization, thus increasing healthy productivity.

However, the term “quiet quitting” has become a “buzz expression”. Employees who “quiet quit” state that they put no more effort into their job than what is absolutely necessary; they refuse to work before or after the start and end of their shift and do the bare minimum at their job. And, here stands the misalignment between setting boundaries, rejecting the hustle culture, and being disengaged and less productive at work. Engagement issue, is a symptom of poor communication, burnout, lacking workplace policies, insufficient wages, unrealistic expectations, little or no recognition and transgression of work descriptions. It is essential to go to the root cause and implement a more transparent strategy in order to rebuild trust and improve the employees’ experience.

By Martina