The clock struck 4 pm. You have worked seven hours. Another day, you wish your boss was just someone else.
Your watch seems to stop—when it comes to killing time, that looming project you can get a head start on sounds like the least appealing thing in the world.
You’ve attended all meetings, responded to all emails, and definitely got the absolute minimum entitlement — maybe even less — until it’s time to log out.
After all, the promotion you wanted went elsewhere. Your wages are stagnant. You think your employer seems indifferent to you, maybe it’s time to be indifferent to the job.
If that sounds like you, you’re probably a classic “quiet quitter.”
But don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Well, maybe a little worried, but we’ll figure it out.
What is Quiet Smoking Cessation?
Quiet Quit has become such a buzzword that this week it was named one of the Collins Dictionary’s Words of the Year (be beaten permanently).
The concept really took off in the summer, when #quietquitting started trending on TikTok, as would-be lifestyle gurus empowered their followers to resist an unsatisfactory work culture.
Interest in the phrase absolutely skyrocketed, Analysis by Similarweb There were more than 1.2 million online searches in August alone.
Many people wonder what it means to quit smoking quietly.
Anisha Patel, an applied research consultant at Steelcase, told Sky News: “It’s simply that people are putting in more effort than absolutely necessary at work.”
You’re probably right to point out that this sort of thing has been happening since time immemorial, and all that has changed is that the trendy TikTok personality slapped a new word on it.
I mean, look at this scene from The Simpsons in 1995.
“If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike, you go in every day and then really give up halfway!”
The role of social media
“There’s nothing in the data to suggest that something significantly different happened,” said David De Sousa, director of membership at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
But social media influences people in a way that allows us to quietly let go of things we subconsciously stop thinking about, and – somewhat ironically – actively work on it.
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“The ability of social media to communicate and create viral things that people wouldn’t say before is new,” Mr D’Souza told Sky News.
Professor Emma Parry, from the Cranfield School of Management, agrees social media is just bringing new life to an old problem.
“It’s a good thing people can turn to social media for support and we know it can be positive – it’s really about voice, which is increasingly important for staff,” she told Sky News.
“If it’s about people working fixed hours and getting out of the long hours culture we’ve historically had, I’d say that’s a good thing.
“But if we mean employees become disengaged and don’t want to work hard, then we know it’s going to reduce employee productivity.”
Do you need to worry about “quiet shooting”?
As Mr. D’Souza pointed out, there is some irony in people talking so loudly about “quiet” things.
But if quiet smoking cessation features prominently in our collective lexicon, will another rise emerge to meet it?
If silent resignation is meant to disconnect you from your job, silent dismissal is the same for employers who disengage from their employees.
Signs you’re being quietly fired
By Tim Reitsma, General Manager, People Management
Promotion stagnation – When you see colleagues moving upwards around you while staying in one place indefinitely, leadership may pass up the possibility of a promotion without realizing it.
Refuse a raise – If your boss refuses to pay you properly, or doesn’t clearly explain why your coworker got a raise and you didn’t, that’s a red flag.
Change tasks or roles – when your boss delegates preferred projects to other team members instead of you.
Overwork – If you start noticing that your boss is constantly re-prioritizing you, adding extra tasks, canceling or scheduling unnecessary meetings, or otherwise making your schedule unmanageable, it may be Signs that you are deliberately overburdening you.
Insufficient work – If you’ve been doing tedious, pointless, and terrible tasks, this could be one of the warning signs of quiet shooting.
The risk of being “quietly fired” may become greater with the move to hybrid work.
Task Microsoft: Its latest report on job trends It shows that while 87% of employees feel they are highly productive, 85% of bosses say hybrid work makes it difficult for them to feel confident about it.
As a result, some organizations are stepping up surveillance. VMware research found that 57% of UK companies Shift to Hybrid.
Natalie Cramp, chief executive of data science firm Profusion, told Sky News such “draconian” policies would never work.
Prof Parry believes technology can play a more active role, effectively using platforms such as Teams, Zoom and “internal social media” to build relationships and discuss issues that lead to disengagement.
To be sure, quiet shooting isn’t a healthy answer.
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“If an employer wants someone to…rather than be fired, realize it’s not appropriate, and therefore quit, a quiet dismissal is usually used,” said Rebecca Leppard, a former self-confessed quiet firefighter.
“It’s usually more effective for the company because they don’t get severance, there’s no controversy – it’s a complete break.”
For Ms Leppard, a relatively inexperienced 26-year-old, the quiet shooting process was abysmal. Since then, she has also been a quiet quitter, at one point retreating from a “toxic” workplace.
Ms. Leppard, 13 years after her quiet dismissal, sees the new term as an opportunity to improve both practices. She now runs Upgrading Women, a “retention training” company for women in the tech industry.
Whether it’s through salary, development or a sense of real value in the job, experts agree that employers must find a way to combat these “quiet” trends.
“Trust in the job, quality of management, knowing how employees feel, how motivated they are — if that conversation helps make them stand out, it will only benefit the individual and the organization,” Mr. D’Souza said.
As Ms Leppard puts it, “the danger of quitting quietly is that you pay someone to keep the seat warm”.