Commentary: Why “quit quietly” could be good for you and your employer

BRISTOL, England: In many offices (not to mention Zoom, Teams and Slack), employees and managers are whispering about the “big quit”.

The UK has seen a sharp rise in the number of people leaving their jobs in 2021, and a fifth of UK workers still say they plan to quit next year in search of greater job satisfaction and job satisfaction. a better salary.

If you’re unhappy at work, but quitting your job isn’t an option or there isn’t an attractive alternative, you may want to try “quietly quitting.” This trend of simply doing the bare minimum expected at work has taken off on TikTok and has clearly resonated with young people.

It has also frustrated managers, with some saying they are concerned about the slacking off of their employees. But quitting smoking quietly isn’t about avoiding work, it’s not about avoiding a meaningful life outside of work.

Over the past 20 years, many people have joined a global culture of overwork, with unpaid work becoming an expected part of many jobs. After multiple recessions and a global pandemic, millennials and Gen Z in particular often don’t have the same job opportunities and financial security as their parents.

Many young people in professional jobs who expected a relatively straightforward progression in life struggled with precarious contracts, career insecurities and attempted to climb the housing ladder. There are those who constantly work overtime and go above and beyond at work to try and get promotions and bonuses – but still struggle.

Perhaps in response to this disappointment, a recent study by Deloitte found that young people are increasingly looking for flexibility and purpose in their work, as well as balance and satisfaction in their lives. Many young professionals are now rejecting the work lifestyle, continuing to work but not allowing work to control them.