A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I think the “Great Resignation” is more myth than movement. Now comes Laura Yuen, who argues at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that “Quiet Quitting” is much the same. Here’s a bit of what she says (emphasis added):
The problem with the concept of quiet quitting is that we’re all starting from different places. Burned-out perfectionists may choose to dial back their efforts from a 10 to a 7, and still manage to be the kind of high-performing colleagues or bosses who attract and inspire talent. The people who were never pulling their weight will adopt this term to slack off even more, making more messes for their teams, all under the guise of self-care.
The framing is also objectionable. Are setting professional boundaries and prioritizing your family, your relationships or your health really “quitting”? If you are performing all of your work duties, the very bullet points listed in your job description, how is that akin to not doing your job?
Read the rest. It is worth your while in these times when memes seem to obliterate evidence and tweets trump (you will pardon the expression) truth.