Fairwords Weekly: Why Quiet Quitting is a Response to Toxic Workplace Culture
September 15, 2022
“Quiet quitting is about a conscious effort to uphold our wellbeing in the way we work, rather than risk burnout through working long hours or defining ourselves simply through our work.”
— Dr. Maria Kordowicz, Associate Professor in Organisational Behavior, University of Nottingham
Quiet quitting is a trend that got its start on TikTok and has since spread to all social platforms, including LinkedIn. The movement refers to employees taking their foot off the gas, scaling performance back to only the tasks assigned to them by the employer, and refusing to go above and beyond the job description. Those who are speaking up about their choice to take a step back say they’re doing so because of toxic work environments. Not everyone can up and quit their jobs, but many people are finding ways to establish boundaries so they can keep going. While many write this off as employees being lazy or not wanting to work, that is far from the case. As we’ve written about time and time again, employees are quitting their jobs at record rates due to toxicity in the workplace. Quiet quitting is another difficult-to-measure aspect of this trend that makes the cost of toxicity even more significant than we may realize. Employers must take note, examine their culture, and use this moment as an opportunity to reshape workplace culture.
Quiet quitting is not about being lazy or not wanting to work. It is a response to toxicity in the workplace. Learn about quiet quitting and what employers should do about it.