“Stop quietly”: what does it mean and why is it fashionable?

BALTIMORE– How much effort do you put into the job? Because right now, the expression “quit smoking quietly” is exploding on social networks.

TikTok videos with millions of views inspire you to do your job, but don’t let it take over your life.

WJZ’s Linh Bui explored this trend and why it’s becoming so popular.

It’s a new name for an old behavior.

If you go online, you’ll see countless versions of “silent weaning.”

Proponents say it’s a way to protect your sanity and put your loved ones first.

Critics say it’s passive-aggressive and means you’re not ambitious.

A viral TikTok says #ActYourWage. Another video urges you to stop going “beyond expectations”.

The phrase “quit smoking quietly” is all over social media right now.

This means doing the bare minimum at work; the essential tasks of your job, and only during working hours.

“You shouldn’t spread yourself too thin,” said Rayhaane Fakhori.

Ellis Holland said: “It gives you the ability not to overwork yourself.”

“I believe a lot of millennials adapt this work-life behavior,” Telia Conway said. “I think we’ve learned with the pandemic that a full five-day workweek is kind of pointless.”

According to a recent Gallup poll, “silent quitters” make up at least 50% of the American workforce. They say they are not engaged at work.

“There are all kinds of reasons why people might quit,” said Shawn Celio, director of HR partnerships and employee and labor relations at Morgan State University. “To take care of an elderly parent, it could be your child. You could be an entrepreneur.”

Celio said managers need to understand that everyone has priorities outside of work and that communication is key. Make sure your employees stay engaged with ‘stay talks’ and ‘progress checks’.

“We just have to make sure that we have conversations between managers and employees to meet them where they are, as people and not just as employees,” he said.

And while “silent shutdown” is currently a buzzword, the idea isn’t new.

“Life and family. It’s more important than sweating all day,” Derik Hayden said. “Everyone is finally jumping on the bandwagon. You don’t have much life left. And what’s the point of wasting it working?”

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