quiet quit

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quiet quit (third-person singular simple present quiet quits, present participle quiet quitting, simple past and past participle quiet quit or quiet quitted)

  1. (neologism, idiomatic) To cease overachieving at one's workplace to focus on one's personal life; to do only what is reasonably or contractually required; to work to rule. [since 2022]
    He said that he is going to quiet quit his job because he wants to focus on his family.
    • 2022 July 26, Jake Alban, “‘Quitting the idea of going above and beyond’: TikToker says he’s ‘quiet quitting’ his job, sparking debate”, in The Daily Dot[1], retrieved July 30, 2022:
      The TikToker [@zkchillin] narrates in the video: “I recently learned about this term called quiet quitting, where you’re not outright quitting your job but you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond. []
    • 2022 October 3, Sarah Green Carmichael, “Don’t quit quiet: work quiet and quit loud”, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, page A14:
      Instead of managers worrying about quiet quitting, I think they should take away one lesson: Don't rely so heavily on employees going above and beyond their job description.
    • 2023 February 9, Jason Lalljee, “‘Resenteeism’: When you hate your job enough to do more than ‘quiet quit’ but are too anxious about the economy to leave”, in Business Insider, New York:
      Part of what has enabled workers to participate in quiet quitting and the Great Resignation is the rare amount of leverage they've had amid a persisting labor shortage, but “resenteeism” signals that people are finding themselves in a tougher spot with the cost of living and a fear of layoffs.
    • 2023 August, Lu Mingxiao, Abdullah Al Mamun, Xuelin Chen, Qing Yang, Mohammad Masukujjaman, “Quiet quitting during COVID-19: the role of psychological empowerment”, in Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, volume 10, number 1, issue published December 2023, page 485:
      Under these circumstances, an increasing number of university lecturers in Chinese universities seem to experience job burnout and experience QQ. There is an urgent need to examine and represent the formation and development of quiet-quitting intentions among Chinese university lecturers.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see quiet,‎ quit.

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