Quiet Quiet is trending on TikTok to reject the Hustle Culture

The trend rejecting the hustle culture.

A new trend of “quiet surrender” has emerged on TikTok, eschewing rush and “girl bossing” in favor of the bare minimum.

The trend aligns with recent employment trends like The Great Resignation, but instead of quitting your job altogether, TikToker is encouraging people to do no more than their job description requires.

Quiet quitting looks like finishing work on time, not showing up early, not answering emails or phone calls outside of work hours, and turning down tasks outside of your normal job description.

The trend rejects hustle and promotes the idea of ​​finding fulfillment outside of work rather than your job being your whole life. Instead of being the busiest worker in the office, people find satisfaction in spending time with loved ones, indulging in their hobbies, and just relaxing.

Work shouldn’t be your whole life, according to TikTok user @zkchillin, whose video started the trend.

“I recently heard about this term called ‘quiet quitting,’ where you don’t quit your job outright, you give up the idea of ​​doing anything,” says @zkchillin on TikTok.

“You still fulfill your duties, but you no longer commit to the hustle-culture mentality that work has to be your life. The reality is not, and your worth as a person is not defined by your work.”

The trend obviously isn’t for everyone—especially if you’re aiming for a promotion at work. Nor is it the solution if you actively hate your job. In that case, you should probably quit and move on to something less soul-sapping.

But if you can take your job and just aren’t that keen on climbing the corporate ladder, this could be an option for you.

Social media users are divided over the trend, with some claiming they still get the same pay and recognition for less work, while others claim they got fired for it – so do so at your own risk!

“Then you realize that nothing matters at work and suddenly all the stress disappears,” commented one social media user.

“I did that and should have been a lot quieter about it,” added another.

“If your hourly wage doesn’t change. Neither does my job description,” said a third.

While the term may be new and trendy, the concept of “work to live rather than live to work” is far from original – and is particularly popular in Europe, where the average work week is shorter than countries like Australia and the US.

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