Quiet quitting, which refers to doing the minimum requirements of one’s job and putting in no more time, effort, or enthusiasm than necessary, became a hot topic in 2022. The concept is not new – between 13 and 20 percent of Americans have reported being actively disengaged at work since Gallup started conducting employee engagement surveys in 2000. But it went viral with a TikTok: “I recently learned about this term called ‘quiet quitting’ where you’re not outright quitting your job, but you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond. You’re still performing your duties, but you’re no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality that work has to be your life. The reality is it’s not. And your worth as a person is not defined by your labor.”
While the chatter has lessened as companies laid off workers or froze hirings, particularly in tech, the ethos of rebalancing work and home life remains. In a recent blog, East Coast Risk Management, a member of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, addresses how to identify quiet quitters and increase engagement.