Should retail be concerned about the “quietly quit” trend?

August 29, 2022

A global trend dubbed “silent resignation” has replaced “The Great Resignation” as the latest development among disgruntled workers resulting from the pandemic.

Quitting quietly, like The Big Quit, is about finding a better work-life balance, except you can keep your job. Some feel this slogan, popularized on TikTok, talks about Do the bare minimum to your job, including acancel overtime and tasks outside of your job description as well as limit work commitment, such as turn off devices and log off after working hours.

The New York Times writes: “For some, it was mentally leaving work. For others, it was about not accepting work without extra pay.

A deeper look suggests that the trend indicates a need to set healthy boundaries in order to devote more time for friends, family and personal life. TikTok videos on the subject show users explaining how they are less worried about putting their employer above everything else, to the detriment of their mental and physical health.

TikTokker Zach Rachlin in a video that has been viewed over 3.4 million times with over 485,000 likes in less than a month, says, “You give up on the idea of ​​going beyond. You’re still doing your job, but you no longer subscribe to the hustle culture mentality that work should be your life. The reality is that it is not, and your value as a person is not defined by your job.

The movement comes as the global pandemic has led employees to rethink their work lives after working remotely for months. Many have also pushed to tackle extra duties and overtime in a tight labor market.

Gallup”State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Reportfound that 60% of employees felt “emotionally detached” at work and 19% felt constantly “miserable.”

Still, many business leaders fear that less engagement will lead to reduced productivity and a backlash has grown against the move. A the wall street journal the article states, “Some critics say they fear silent abandonment will be corrosive to workplace cultures — and the bottom line — because it’s demoralizing for efficient workers to see others call it out without penalty.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Was the silent abandonment movement caused by employees or employers? Haven’t employers always had employees who went above and beyond their job descriptions and others who did just enough to get by?


“Employment is giving and receiving.”

“Retail businesses must continue to adapt to ever-changing workforce needs. Quiet Shutdown isn’t new, but it’s clearly getting more visibility.”

“Current labor market challenges have empowered employees, allowing them to have more control over their work/life balance.”


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