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Everyone Is Talking About ‘Quiet Quitting,’ But Is It a Good Idea?

The trend has taken off on TikTok. Rather than quit outright, workers are giving up on going above and beyond. Here are the pitfalls.

Workers are giving up on going above and beyond.

Workers are giving up on going above and beyond.

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“Quiet quitting” has struck a nerve. It means more time for friends, family and personal pursuits, not to mention a side hustle. But the latest workplace trend has drawbacks. 

TikTok and Twitter are awash in explainer videos and endless interpretations. Despite what the name suggests, quiet quitting doesn’t mean turning in a resignation letter. Instead, it’s a stealth retreat from the hustle culture that dominated the pre-pandemic era of giving up everything in pursuit of ambition. Quiet quitting is the newly minted moniker for doing the bare minimum of the job description.