Taking a break is known as “quiet quitting.”
Gen Zers in particular are adopting the practise of choosing not to go above and beyond their work in ways like declining to respond to emails during the evenings or weekends or avoiding extra assignments that are unrelated to their primary responsibilities.
With his popular Tiktok video in July, 24-year-old engineer Zaid Khan from New York helped to spread this fad.
Khan explains in his video that while you are still doing your job, you are no longer mentally adhering to the hustle mentality that dictates that work must be our existence. The truth is that it’s not true, and your value as a person is not determined by your work.
Quiet resigning in the US may also be a reaction against the so-called hustle culture, which is the 24/7 startup grind made known by people like Gary Vaynerchuk and others.
According to Nadia De Ala, founder of Real You Leadership, who “quietly quit” her job about five years ago, “quiet quitting is an alternative to hustle culture.” It nearly directly opposes hustle culture and disrupts it. Additionally, I find it thrilling that more individuals are engaging in it.
The Great Resignation dominated the economic news cycle the previous year. Now, in the second half of 2022, the quiet quitting trend is picking up steam at a time when there are some concerns about the rate of U.S. productivity. The second quarter of 2017 saw the largest annual decline in U.S. worker productivity data.