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Quiet Quitting – Checking Out Doing the Bare Minimum at Work

Quiet Quitting - Checking Out Doing the Bare Minimum at Work

Have you engaged in quiet quitting at work?

Have you engaged in quiet quitting? Quiet quitting is performing the bare minimum at work and not engaging in the hustle culture.

Individuals are doing only what they were hired to do and no more. They strive to be mediocre.

From an employer’s viewpoint, the bare minimum from employees may create a loud at-will departure!

Employees are replaceable. Jobs are replaceable, too, especially with 11 million job openings.

According to The Guardian, “the rise in quiet quitting is linked to a noticeable fall in job satisfaction,” especially since the pandemic began. 

It has been a weird world over the past two and a half years. Workers expressed anxiety over losing jobs at the beginning of the pandemic to participate in or wanting to participate in The Great Resignation to The Great Reshuffle.

People are engaged in musical chairs in the job market. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the  U3 Pennsylvania unemployment rate was 4.5% for June 2022.

The ShadowStats Unemployment Rate (that includes the U3 and U6) is visibly in a downward mode from 2020 but is still higher than February 2020, currently 24.4%.

So why are people quiet quitting? It could be a boring job, low pay, bad boss, toxic work environment, bad culture, feeling disrespected or unappreciated, no opportunity for advancement, family matters, health reasons, etc. 

The list goes on, with more reasons mentioned by Pew Research.

This new term of “quiet quitting” sounds a lot like a combo of employee engagement and job satisfaction and work-life balance, but recently emerged in July from TikTok posts and points to Gen Z. 

No matter what age you are, remember not to be a boss-hole if you want to keep workers you have trained. As an employee, don’t burn bridges. 

Respect is a two-way street!



Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of and runs a Clubhouse session on Fridays at 11 AM ET in the Thought Leadership Branding Club

Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.

This article is also published on:, and in the author’s LinkedIn newsletter. A list of articles can also be found in a Google doc