Getting Noisy Over Quiet Quitting

Bob Goldman on

It's a radical idea! You do the job you're hired for.

And that's it.

No late nights. No early mornings. No weekend work. No after-work boozy, schmoozy confabs with managers and co-workers. No nonessential meetings. No unnecessary Zooms. No futile business trips or frivolous off-sites. In short, no anything, anywhere or anytime that is not specifically and directly required by the job.

In other words, you do the job you are paid to do, and nothing else.

Like I say, a radical idea.

Radical, but not rare -- not anymore. Welcome to "quiet quitting," the cutesy-pie sobriquet that is given to employees "who continue to perform all their regular duties but refuse to go above and beyond and engage in what researchers refer to as citizenship behaviors."


The researchers at hand are Anthony C. Klotz and Mark C. Bolino, authors of "When Quiet Quitting Is Worse Than the Real Thing," a recent article in The Harvard Business Review.

The "real thing" is quitting, or "noisy quitting," as I call it. Noisy quitting is best characterized by the title of a country song -- "Take This Job and Shove It." Let's sing it together, shall we?

The song for quiet quitting would be "Take This Job and Shelve it." It's an anthem for workers who never get fired up, and, at the same time, manage never to get fired.

As you can imagine, company big shots are not enamored of the quiet quitting phenomenon. They believe it is a moral disaster when employees do the bare minimum. It can be an economic disaster, as well, since "for some companies, a workforce that is willing to go beyond the call of duty is a critical competitive advantage."


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