There’s Something Better Than ‘Quiet Quitting’


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Look: if clocking in and out counts as “stopping”, then we should all be quitters. You have probably heard of “stop calmlyg,” as well as the growing recoil to the viral term. The idea, first popularized in a TikTok from @zkchillin (now @zaidleppelin), describes “quiet quits” as employees “stopping with the idea of ​​going beyond work.” He explains that while you’re still doing your tasks, the “quit” part is that “you’re no longer mentally subscribing to the busy culture that work should be our life.” Since the term has gone mainstream, critics have pointed to the irony that this concept of “quitting” literally means doing the work you’re being paid for.

Here’s why you need to look past the “quiet stop” hype and set healthy boundaries at work instead.

Setting boundaries is not the same as stopping

To be honest, it sucks that “meeting expectations” has been morphed into “doing more work than you’re paid for.” Unfortunately, it’s a natural result of the toxic busy culture that has come to dominate so many workplaces over the years.

Of course, part of the backlash against silent stopping may be a matter of semantics. Personally I like the word “coasting” to describe more accurately what it really means to stop. As the term stands now, it comes with the sense that employees are passive-aggressive or even subversive. It sounds like employees are doing nothing more than the bare minimum, which is sure to scare managers who have come to expect their employees to do their best for no extra pay.

It is dangerous to stop silently – which, again, means: do your job– as an act of resistance. The idea that not “going over” somehow amounts to “quitting” and only reinforces the norm that companies expect you to do a lot more work than you are paid for. However you interpret the viral term, it raises questions about how we understand fair work and fair pay. That’s why it’s important to learn how to set limits on the work you’ve been hired to do and the personal life you deserve to have.

How do you start setting boundaries between work and private life?

Before it comes to implementing your limits as an employee, there is one crucial caveat to address: For most, the ability to make love at work is a privilege. Many employees know that depending on their race or gender, they may not get away with the “absolute minimum.”

We’ve previously discussed how to set different kinds of personal boundarieswhich largely comes down to knowing yourself and effectively articulating what you need.

View your job description. This is how you can identify what you are being compensated for and it gives you clear terms for determining where your boundaries should fall. Once you know what your boundaries are, it will be easier to enforce them with those around you.

Communicate your boundaries. Whether you need accountability for sticking to your guns, or you need to clarify that your boundaries don’t overwhelm your manager, it’s important to express your boundaries out loud. Make sure you are clear, direct and polite.

Silent notifications outside working hours (if you can). Remote working has seriously blurred the boundaries for when managers expect employees to be available to respond to emails or make quick calls. Depending on your work, try to make clear when your working day starts and ends.

Learn to say no. There’s an art to saying no without saying the word “no” at work. For example, if you have to turn down an unproductive meeting, you could say something like “Things have come up that need my attention” or “No, but… [I’m happy to look into it tomorrow/I can send someone in my place/I can meet next week instead].”

Of course, many people really love their job. Good for them! These people can still benefit from setting boundaries between work and the rest of their lives. In fact, these may be the people who could benefit from it most from learning how to set boundaries between what is work and what is real life.

At the end of the day, you are likely to be underpaid for your labor. Do what you were hired to do and start living a life.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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