So recently I came across the term “quiet quitting”. I assumed it meant someone discreetly taking their stuff from their workplace and one day sending an email or SMS that they’re not coming back. Instead, it’s a mendacious term for work to rule.
“Quiet quitting” is defined as going in to work every day, not going above or beyond, and pushing back against unreasonable demands by management.
Um, what the fuck?
That’s not “quitting”, not by any stretch of the imagination. That’s “work to rule”. And in this day and age, it’s sensible. I had to laugh at the commenter who claimed that “quiet quitters” were placing their advancement at risk. Deepthroat Capitalism’s cock as much as you want, you’re not becoming one of the exploiters.
I am a regular browser of several content aggregator websites like Bored Panda, Cheezburger, and Diply, among others. Over the past four years, I have read story after story after story of workers being exploited. Workers who were found guilty of bullshit charges right before they were due for an increase or promotion. Workers who were strung along with promises of bonuses, promotions and/or raises that never happened. Workers who put in massive overtime and got token rewards, or sometimes no rewards at all. Companies who announced massive profits and gave huge bonuses to management, only to turn around and tell the workers there wasn’t enough money for increases for them.
Like I said in my previous post:
Once upon a time, loyalty to a company was recognised and rewarded. If you stayed late when needed, took on tasks outside your job description, and made an extra effort, you could expect to be favoured for raises and promotions. Today, going above and beyond at work is more likely to get you exploited than rewarded. And now, workers have come to realise this.
Rephrasing work to rule as quiet quitting is just horseshit propaganda. It’s part of the exploiters’ pushback against workers’ new awareness of, and refusal to be, exploited.
Increasingly, I’m seeing stories of people quitting and their workplaces giving them laughable counter-offers, then calling the leaving workers “selfish” when they refuse. This is just more bullshit. The real selfish ones are the managers and employers who exploit workers any which way they can, and make token offers to get them to stay, usually unsuccessfully.
Don’t buy the lie. Quiet Quitting is not quitting. And today, going above and beyond more often leads to exploitation than to benefits.