The problematic language behind "Quiet Quitting"

August 21, 2022
The problematic language behind "Quiet Quitting"
Written by

Shirin Nikaein

Have you heard of the term "quiet quitting" circling the net over the last month?

"Quiet Quitting" means: instead of actually quitting your job, you stay, but you just do what is expected, you don't go above and beyond, you're not doing work that leads you to burnout, you're no longer hustling, you're not making your job your identity. You could compare this to "grey rocking" in an abusive relationship with a narcissist.

The problem with the term "quiet quitting" is that it insinuates that the employee has disengaged and that employees are expected to always go above-and-beyond. It makes the employee sound like their slacking off or giving up on work, entirely. It takes the focus away from the EMPLOYER, and their role in the problems and their role in causing "quiet quitting". It places blame on employees, not employers (companies and their managers).

Quiet Quitting means employees are setting healthy boundaries between work and life - to maintain mental and physical health. The term, though, makes it sound like setting those boundaries is somehow wrong. (it's not's totally healthy)

Quiet Quitting is way for employees to regain their power, turn the tables on employers, and demand better treatment and culture.


Arianna Huffington seems to think people shouldn't "quiet quit"...

...that you should ACTUALLY quit and go and find meaningful or "joyful" work elsewhere.

But not enough companies are free of toxic workplace culture or bad managers.

NOT ENOUGH COMPANIES have a healthy work environment.

Even if you look to join a company with a "good" culture...

Even if you interview employees that work there who only shared positive feedback.... (side-note, maybe ask ex-employees who worked in the same dept or have a similar identity, because a man might have a very difference experience than a woman, for example)...

Even if you pick the company that wins those "Best Place to Work" awards... might STILL end up with a bad manager and a toxic workplace might STILL face bias and discrimination at work might STILL be overworked and undervalued

But what some people don't understand is that this can happen through multiple jobs, over and over again, not just ONCE in a lifetime!

Which means that people then have to look for a new job EVERY. YEAR. 😲 ?!?!?! maybe every 6 months...however long it takes to discover the poor and unhealthy workplace culture.

Changing jobs every 6 months is NOT sustainable. Talk about holding down a job, while dealing with the stress of the workplace culture, while searching for a new job in your little free time. And your free time is no longer free of anxiety, so you can't be as productive or in the right mind-set to go through another job search.

That's incredibly exhausting and overly burdensome.

This is one reason why people "quiet quit" instead of leaving to find joyful work elsewhere.

#culture #work #hr #peopleops #dei #diversityequityinclusion

Reference: Arianna Huffington's Article on LinkedIn

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