Advanced Quiet Quitting

Shifting the Paradigm to a Worker-Centric Labor Market (the Hard Way)

Erik Blair
13 min readApr 11

Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash

What is Quiet Quitting?

Quiet quitting refers to an employee’s intentional disengagement and reduction in productivity as a response to being mistreated or undervalued at work. This subtle form of protest can manifest in various ways, such as working at a slower pace, withholding ideas and creativity, and limiting communication with coworkers and supervisors.

Put rather simply, Quiet Quitting is the opposite of Hustle Culture.

The persistent trends of quiet quitting and the great resignation underscore the necessity for transformation within the labor market. With increasing numbers of employees embracing this form of disconnection, it indicates a pervasive discontent regarding salaries, working conditions, and employer behavior. The growing prevalence of quiet quitting highlights the need to reassess the existing framework and transition towards a labor market that prioritizes the well-being and interests of workers.

“People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” — Unknown

Why Quiet Quit?

Many employees face stagnant wages, reduced benefits, and eroding job security, leading to a sense of frustration and powerlessness. Quiet quitting offers a way for employees to regain some control and express their dissatisfaction without overtly confronting their employers.

It’s about setting workplace boundaries.

With the decline of labor unions over time, employees may feel that traditional avenues for addressing workplace issues are no longer as effective. Quiet quitting has emerged as an alternative form of protest that can be carried out individually or collectively, without the need for formal organizing.

While quiet quitting may not directly lead to policy changes or improved working conditions, it can contribute to a broader…

Erik Blair

Writer, technologist, web dev, consultant, loves travel