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What the "quiet quitting" trend says about our changing expectations of work

On the "Sound of Ideas," we'll discuss the trend of "quiet quitting" in the workplace. [Nigita/shutterstock]
On the "Sound of Ideas," we'll discuss the trend of "quiet quitting" in the workplace. [Nigita/shutterstock]

After more than two and a half years into the pandemic - the entire landscape of the workforce has changed. Yesterday, Ideastream's Drew Mazias hosted a conversation on the "Sound of Ideas" about labor shortages, especially in education, due in part to teachers and staff feeling burned out. 

But as we learned last year, burnout has been felt across the board, and was one of the contributors to the so-called "Great Resignation," when millions of workers left their places of employment, seeking higher pay and better support, including the ability to work from home, or.. to simply retire.  

But in recent weeks, we have been hearing a lot about a new workplace trend - called "quiet quitting." It's gotten a lot of viral attention, especially from young Gen-Z-ers. One Tiktok creator, Zaid Lepplin, made a video on "quiet quitting" that went viral back in July. 

In the video he said, "I recently learned about this term "Quiet Quitting" where you're not outright quitting your job, but you're quitting the idea of going above and beyond. You're still performing your duties but you're no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality that work has to be your life. The reality is, it's not and your worth as a person is not defined by your labor."

To start the "Sound of Ideas," we're going to dive into this shift Zain is describing from "hustle culture" to "quiet quitting" in the workplace. And, we'll talk about other workforce issues, including the increase in productivity monitoring by some employers. 

Later this hour, we'll talk about a new effort to connect more seniors to technology. 


Connecting Our Seniors to Technology Program

Contact: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

(216) 791-8000


-Michael Goldberg, Executive Director, Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University
-Jack Moran, Employment Lawyer
-Katie Grootegoed, Strategic Projects Director, DigitalC 
-Michael Billnitzer, Vice President, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging 

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”