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Work Shift: How to Quiet Quit

An office worker on their lunch break outside the London Stock Exchange in London on Monday, March 22, 2021. 

An office worker on their lunch break outside the London Stock Exchange in London on Monday, March 22, 2021. 

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Welcome back to our Work Shift newsletter. Today’s edition comes to you from Jo Constantz, a reporter on the team. We want to hear from you, so send your feedback and ideas to Jo at JConstantz1@Bloomberg.net. And if you aren’t yet signed up to receive this newsletter, you can do so here.

Quiet quitting is the blue-gold dress debate of 2022. Whether you think it’s the “fakest of fake workplace trends,” the way you see it speaks volumes about your perspective on the role work should play in our lives. Readings of the concept range from an emblem of entitlement to an escape hatch from burnout to a high-minded anti-capitalist manifesto (even if, as it turns out,  the subreddit r/antiwork really hates the phrase.)