The changes in the world of work have become more extensive and more visible since the health crisis and the upheaval imposed by the explosion of telework. After the “Great Resignation” (“great resignation”), here comes the phenomenon of “Quiet Quitting” (“quiet resignation”)!
Doing what you get paid for, but neither more nor less: it may seem completely normal, but the practice is more and more trendy on social networks! Called “Quiet Quitting” or “silent resignation”, this recent phenomenon was born in the United States on TikTok and is spreading like wildfire to employees all over the world.
The employment contract, nothing more
No question of spending your day at the office doing nothing or trying to get fired. On the contrary, the “silent resignation” consists in fulfilling the tasks provided for in the employment contract, but without showing zeal. For example, there is no question of accepting overtime, or of answering e-mails during the weekends or during the holidays.
The “Quiet Quitting” is therefore not an act of rebellion against the world of work, unlike the “great resignation”. Rather, the phenomenon testifies to the desire of employees to find a better balance between professional and private life, moving away from the pressure of companies to “commit” fully to work.
Employers want to recruit people who are firmly committed to their tasks, even if they overstep their duties or do too much. Employees willing to engage in “silent resignation” do not want to quit their job. They seek first and foremost to put it back in its rightful place: for them, “work value” is not the alpha and omega of life.
Will this trend hold, at a time when those who had preached the “great resignation” are beginning to question it?