The Great Resignation, which saw droves of workers leave their jobs or switch careers, may still be going strong — but another new workplace phenomenon is emerging: “quiet quitting.”

The term gained popularity on TikTok this month and videos related to the topic amassed 354 million views as of Thursday.

Quiet quitting can sometimes refer to setting of boundaries at work or not taking on more work than necessary.

While quiet quitting has received a fair share of backlash ever since it went viral, there’s no single definition for the term. For some, it means not going above and beyond at work. Most, however, agree it does not mean you’re leaving the job.

If no one’s asking you to leave, why not do less by default and get away with it? You’re buying time where you’re at.

Jaya Dass

Managing Director, Randstad Singapore and Malaysia

The Great Resignation saw record-high numbers of resignations with young and burned out workers leading the charge, whereas quiet quitting is a mindset adopted by those who stay, said Jaya Dass, Randstad’s managing director for Singapore and Malaysia. 

“If no one’s asking you to leave, why not do less by default and get away with it? You’re buying time where you’re at,” she said. 

While burnout levels are high with people “doing a lot more with less for a long time now,” said workplace psychologist and behavioral expert Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, it is important that employees feel valued and appreciated.

“But that is not happening either,” she added.

According to a Resume Builder survey in August, one in 10 employees say they are currently putting in less effort than they did six months ago.

Additionally, 5% out of 1,000 people surveyed say they do less than what’s required of them.

The survey also showed that quiet quitters refuse to go above and beyond, not just because they are not compensated for the extra effort, but also because they think it will compromise their mental health and work-life balance. 

While quiet quitting may help ease burnout in the short term, it is not a long-term solution, workplace experts tell CNBC Make It. Here’s what they say you can do instead.

1. Be efficient 

Achieving better work-life balance is important, but Michael Timmes, a senior human resource specialist at Insperity stressed that you still need to remain engaged at the job. 

“If you are going to adopt some level of ‘quiet quitting,’ then the hours that are spent at your job should be maximized and efficient,” he said. 

“This way, you will continue to grow and develop the skills being offered by others that have more experience and knowledge, while also exploring your creativity and passions that may bring you more happiness.”

Maggie Perkins, 30, who practiced quiet quitting at her teaching job, pointed out that you cannot “become a negative person at work.”

“Still give your positive attitude … you have to be who [your company] hired, but be who they hired for the hours that you’re paid to be there.” 

2. Take ownership 

3. Talk to your boss, not on TikTok 

Leaders play a part too



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