Quiet Quitting and YOUch0ccyra1n antiwork labor mental health opinion web exclusive
*This is the first of the web exclusive articles written for exclusive publication on The Student Insurgent’s website
Elitist publications are scaremongering1 to the bosses of the world about “Quiet Quitting”, a new term that asserts working for your scheduled hours - and nothing more - is a problem. This article will provide a brief introduction to this concept, then explain why it’s dumb as fuck.
The Facts About Quiet Quitting
The first known mention of “quiet quitting” was on Twitter2 as a suggestion for a doctoral studies paper on the greatest leadership challenge we face today
Gallup has been polling on workplace engagement for years3, and found that workplace engagement dropped by a whopping 4% since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. This is a similar timeframe to The Great Resignation
quiet quitting describes several different phenomena with many different connotations. As a result, it’s an indescriptive, confusing term.
Quiet Quitting Actually is…
Slowdown4, a deliberate reduction of effort put into work in order to collectively bargain for better conditions
Work-to-rule5, a type of slowdown that fundamentally covers the same ground as quiet quitting (working the bare minimum)
Setting boundaries for yourself instead of overworking, an important part of avoiding burnout and work-life balance.
As we can see, quiet quitting is simply the ruling class villainizing collective bargaining strategies and basic mental health. Because of the effectiveness of quiet quitting, the ruling class are doing everything in their power to dissuade workers from taking matters into their own hands and using this effective tactic to improve their lives. One particularly disgusting example is a video of Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Shares ETF and one of the “investors” on Shark Tank. In this video he implies that workers with a sense of self-respect are the most despicable thing imaginable, with a similar vibe that one might get at a “captive audience” meeting used to thwart workers from forming a union at their workplace. All the same scare tactics with “predictions” that are actually thinly-veiled threats. So should you quiet quit? Absolutely! Not only does it seem to piss-off the ruling class, but it improves mental health by setting boundaries, and states stronger than with words that you’re worth more than company time.