“Quiet Quitting” Isn’t New!

Over the past week or so, the term “Quiet Quitting” has been everywhere on mass media. LIKE, OMG, CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE DAMN KIDS ARE DOING NOW!?! (Side note: Can journalists be any lazier than they are right now? Wheee, look what I created!? Um, what?)

Gag me with a spoon…

We’ve had employees basically decide to stop working but keep collecting a paycheck since the first caveman hired his cousin to help hunt and gather! We just weren’t creative enough to label it something cool. For years I would call them the “Walking Dead.” Same scenario. An employee decides they hate you and want to quit, but they don’t have another job to go to yet.

Quiet Quitting is the result of The Big Regret!

Now, if we want to get all creative and sh*t, I came up with the term “The Big Regret”! Look it up. I can point to the exact date and piece I wrote. In fact, I had a conversation with my friends at Oracle about titling a piece so we could get out in front of this concept before everyone else. Welcome to marketing, kids!

Because so many people have changed jobs over the past twelve months and hated the new job, we have a rash of “quiet quitting” going on. It’s all because they love the new money but hate the new job. They have, wait for it, “BIG REGRET”! Gawd, I love it when I’m smart and right and cute.

What can you do about “Quiet Quitting”?

Fire their ass immediately!

If you have someone who’s not performing and really just collecting a check and waiting for a better job to come along. I’m going all NSYNC on them – Bye, Bye, Bye!

Yes, finding and keeping talent is very hard. No, we don’t put up with quiet quitting because of that. The people you have working for you love their job. Love your company. They will hate you for keeping the quiet quitters.

Look, I don’t care if you want to quit. In fact, I’ll help you if you want. But while we are paying you, there will be performance expectations. That’s how the real world works. You get paid. You perform. If you decide not to perform, you better get ready to be terminated.

Happy Monday, HR Gang!

3 thoughts on ““Quiet Quitting” Isn’t New!

  1. I usually like your columns, but I think this one may be a bit off.

    I think of quiet quitting as an act of self-preservation in the face of burnout for some or as choice folks have made in order to have a better work-life balance..

    I work 40-45 hours a week and get paid well for being a Corporate TA Specialist. My reviews are solid and I enjoy my job.

    That being said, working 40-45 hours/week keeps me very happy. IMO, it’s not quiet quitting to decide to work my regular schedule and have a personal life.

    Just my two cents.

    • Morgan,

      I think we are closer in our opinions than you think. To me quiet quitting is people who stop working altogether for the most part, but keep collecting a check. 99% of people don’t work much more than 40 hours per week. People who say they are working 60-80 hours a week are mostly lying. Heck, I could argue people saying they truly work 50 hours per week are lying. Showing up someplace, or logging into a computer, isn’t working. Getting sh*t done is working. For some that might take 30 hours for others that might take more. In my definition, quiet quitting is when people stop getting sh*t done regardless of the time it takes, but keep collecting a check.

      Thanks for reading!


  2. Tim- You don’t need the nine boxes to know 20% of EVERY workforce is underperforming or simply mailing it in. Bye, bye bye, indeed!

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