Maggie Perkins said she started”quiet cessation‘ on her teaching assignment in 2018, before it became a TikTok trend.
“There was no reason for me to rush, because as a teacher there are no chances of advancement. If you are the person who wins the Teacher of the Year award, [you’ll] earn the same salary as someone who doesn’t,” the 30-year-old mother told CNBC.
To be clear, there is no single definition of silent cessation. For some, it means setting boundaries and not taking on extra work; for others, it simply means not going beyond. However, most agree that this does not mean that you will leave the job.
Four years later after I quietly quit started making waves on TikTok, Perkins also made a video on how to do it as a teacher. That includes only doing your work during contract hours and not taking on extra work because you’re so burnt out or benefiting from it, she said in her video.
“I didn’t volunteer for committees. I didn’t stay long and didn’t work extra. I was just teaching my classes and I was a good teacher,” she said CNBC does it in a virtual interview.
While the term quiet cessation may be new, the concept is not.
Michael Timmes, senior specialist at Insperity, a human resources consulting firm, said that there have always been employees who respond to burnout by “doing what is necessary”.
“Today this is being driven by Gen Z, but obviously across all generations. It’s gained momentum through social media platforms,” he added.
For Jaya Dass, Randstad’s managing director for Singapore and Malaysia, quitting quietly is a “residual effect”. Covid-19 and the great resignationwhere the employees felt empowered to take control of their work and personal lives.
“What used to be a passive-aggressive challenge to work-life balance is now becoming a very direct solicitation,” she said.
“It’s not a request anymore. It’s a demand.”
Kelsey Wat, a careers coach, agreed, saying quiet quitting is now a way for workers to “hang it up” on companies that see them “as another cog in the machine.”
The problem with the Big Retirement is that it assumes everyone has to go somewhere else, Dass added. But for people who feel they don’t have alternative jobs and need to remain employed, quitting quietly has become the next available option.
“If nobody’s asking you to leave, why don’t you default to doing less and get away with it? You buy time where you are,” added Jass.
“It could come from this general feeling of hopelessness … with what’s happening with inflation or the cost of living, a whole bunch of things that people haven’t recovered from.”
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However, quiet cessation in theory and practice can look different from person to person.
Experts say the concept is worrying because it could go beyond simple work-life balance.
“Silent quitting removes any emotional investment you may have from your work, which is now given that most of us spend so much time at work,” Wat said.
“Most of us want to be proud of our work and the contributions we make. We want to see our impact and feel good about it. It doesn’t allow you to stop silently.”
She added that it’s possible to maintain healthy boundaries and stay emotionally engaged at work.
Timmes agreed, saying there’s a difference between having a better work-life balance and “being totally detached.”
“An employee who shows up every day, is struggling, turns down certain projects for lack of interest, and has no desire to advance in their current career or develop skills is very different from a case of work-life balance.”
He added that quietly quitting could be a positive trend as workers focus on maximizing their hours in the office. “The only problem is that the trend doesn’t reflect that mentality right now,” Timmes said.
There are also bad traits that can be learned from quitting quietly, such as: B. Lack of motivation, underdevelopment of skills, lack of flexibility and inability to work in a team.
“From the office’s perspective, quietly quitting can create conflict between employees, as some employees feel that others are not carrying their role,” he added.
“Overall, this can backfire on the employee and also trigger a wave of inadequate and underdeveloped employees.”
Kevin O’Leary, an investor and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, has also said that quietly quitting is “a really bad idea.”
“People who go above and beyond to try to solve problems for the organization, their teams, their managers, their bosses, those are the ones who thrive in life,” O’Leary said.
However, Perkins insisted that quietly quitting doesn’t mean slacking off at work – although she acknowledged some people might do so.
“I value my work and I put in hours, but I just want to be respectful of my time and energy,” she added.
Since then, Perkins has quit teaching and is now an academic advisor and full-time tutor. She now says she’s willing to do anything for her current role.
“That’s because it’s a company that has shown me they value me and I get very respectful feedback from my boss, it’s a healthy work environment,” she explained.
“If my boss had been really negative with me in the past, I would have just said no.”
Perkins said she quit earlier “out of necessity.”
“I had my first daughter [in 2018] … If I was late picking them up from daycare, I was fined a dollar a minute, so if I didn’t leave work as soon as my students left the building, I had to pay a fee.”
Giving up quietly can be beneficial in freeing up employees to spend more time on passionate projects, Timmes pointed out.
“The employee may be able to think outside the box, feel more refreshed and become more efficient during their work hours.”
Wat added that quietly quitting can provide employees with short-term relief from a work environment that is “overly focused on results.”
“I can see how quietly quitting for a season can help them refocus on their needs outside of work and hopefully lead them to recover from their burnout and think about their needs and limitations in the workplace.” to become clear in the future,” she added.
“Ultimately, quitting quietly is about … challenging the long-held belief that the only way to get ahead in your career is to push your limits and adopt a ‘yes man’ mentality.”