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Quiet Quitting: Old Ideas, New words

Quiet Quitting: When employees only do their jobs, and nothing more. They don’t go above and beyond in their roles.

My thoughts on quiet quitting might ruffle a few feathers, but here we go. Quiet quitting is okay, as long as you are also okay with the consequences of it.

If you’re just going to do your job… expect to just get paid for that job and nothing more.

Things like promotions, raises, spot bonuses, more visibility, and more access, most likely will be taken off the table and offered to people who are going above and beyond. As long as you’re okay being in the position that you’re in and only possibly getting the standard merit raise, or cost of living raise that you get every year, then quiet quitting is fine.

So many people make the mistake of thinking that going above and beyond at your job is for your boss or the company, It’s actually for you! It’s for the reputation that you build and for the personal brand you establish that will allow you to move further and further in your career.

If you’ve been a part of the ICTL for a while, you’ve probably heard me say this: All of the jobs I’ve ever had have come through personal relationships and my name being spoken in rooms where I wasn’t present.

So, take a few moments to think about your personal brand and what people say about you and your work when you’re not in the room. If your name comes up, and someone says, “Oh, she’s okay” or “he does a good job” or says nothing at all because they have no opinion, or your work is unremarkable, understand that that closes a lot of doors for you. Your personal brand is extremely important!

Understand that there are long-term consequences for your personal brand and career if you decide to quietly quit. Instead, you should probably look for a new job. But if you know the consequences and you’re okay with them, go ahead and quietly quit.

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