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Kami Rieck

Women and People of Color Can’t Afford to ‘Quiet Quit’

Staying within one’s job description sounds like a solution for burnout. But the TikTok trend can have long-term repercussions, especially for certain groups.

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Gen Z has a new solution for workplace burnout: “quiet quitting.” The idea is simple: Forget going above and beyond your job description and pay grade. The trend, which took off on TikTok, sounds ideal. Log off at 5 p.m.? Check. Spend more time with family instead of volunteering for extra tasks? Count me in.

But the people who tend to experience the highest levels of burnout — women and people of color — probably can’t afford to “quiet quit.”