What is "quiet quitting", this emerging trend in the workplace?

 In French, translate "quiet quitting" as "démission silencieuse". This term refers to people who have made the decision to do only the bare minimum at work, choosing not to work overtime. And more and more of us are following this path!


Are we slowly turning a corner in the world of work? During the health crisis, the professional world was shaken by a wave of resignations, called the "Great Resignation." Born in the United States, the movement saw millions of Americans leave their jobs because they were not satisfied with their mission or their salary.

The "quiet quitting" phenomenon

In the wake of this earthquake, a new trend seems to be emerging, that of "quiet quitting." It is about doing the bare minimum at work, refusing to do overtime or tasks that are outside of our initial mission.

In France, an Ifop study shows that 37% of people working in the business world practice "quiet quitting". This figure rises to 43% when we talk about people under 35 years old. The "poor" (47%) and modest (42%) categories seem to be more inclined to "quit quitting," while 32% of the wealthy categories do so. The latter feels more involved than the poor, which is understandable.

The lazy unemployed?

This study also points to the fact that 48% of working people perceive work as a constraint rather than a source of fulfillment 2022. This compares to 25% in 1993.

And if many French people (who must not be far from the Belgian mentality, editor's note) approve of this certain form of right to laziness, they remain opposed to the unemployed. 66% of the respondents to this survey believe that unemployed people could find work if they wanted to.
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