The "quiet quitting" headlines are click-bait, but the decline in social mores regarding work ethic still have negative implications.
Such a great piece. Detailed. Nuanced. Empathetic.
While reading, I wondered about American educational system. College education is up a lot since the mid ‘60s so, at first blush one might think w/ more ppl being “better” educated, system would, should be more efficient/productive et cetera. A happier group of ppl, knowing what they want & getting on with life.
The doesn’t seem to be the case for the clear majority of Americans. Much worse, the discontent ( wealth effect) among them has jumped dramatically over the years.
I can’t help but consider the workplace issues raised have a not unimportant factor to do with an educational system that has failed so many Americans to leave them with one single lesson: do what you are passionate about whatever that is irrespective of the degree you end up with.
I’ve never experienced “get to work to do my job & get paid” ( still to be respected) with anyone that has risked doing something on her/his own. The SITG, accountability, the razor sharp consequences for making dumb decisions is worth 10x Dr, PhD, degrees when you eat your own cooking. None of that is taught ( I guess) in Highschool, college, graduate schools today. In fact, that kind educational experience isn’t even essential but, don’t tell the educational system that. They might lose billions in tuition et cetera.
Anyway. Work issues stated when folks started doing things only for the money &, not what they really are passionate about doing I guess. That’s my advise to my children.
I would personally avoid judging people who quietly disengage. People tend to hit their career ceiling quickly as modern day organizations tend to have flat structure. It is also true that many jobs are just uninteresting. Those who quietly disengage may be working on their second career. If they do the job, it seems not a problem.