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How quiet quitters gain from doing just enough work – DW (English)

“In order to avoid burnout and live a happy life I need to do three things,” said career content creator Genesis Hinckley in a TikTok post. “Work from 9-5, use sick and mental health days … and lastly be as loyal to the compan…….

“In order to avoid burnout and live a happy life I need to do three things,” said career content creator Genesis Hinckley in a TikTok post. “Work from 9-5, use sick and mental health days … and lastly be as loyal to the company as they are to you,” she recommended in an interview for DW.

Hinckley, who works at a Big Tech company, is part of the growing number of tech workers who are saying “no” to constant pressure, overtime and stress at work. They call this strict adherence to job duties, over going above and beyond in the workplace, “quiet quitting.”

Posts on the topic began trending on short-video app TikTok in late August.

“It’s just putting up boundaries and being like I’m not going to break my back to make everyone happy,” said Hinckley. “It’s doing your best on the projects you’re assinged to. And then leaving, not responding to emails after 5.”

Rather than being a new phenomenon, Hinckley believes that quiet quitting has been silently looming in the background.

Quiet quitting grew during the pandemic

Hinckley explained that a major driver behind the growing interest of the topics on social media was the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed many workers out of the office and into their homes. 

There they had free time to pursue their passions and placed a greater emphasis on mental well-being.

“We realized there’s so much more to life than just going to work,” Hinckley said. 

While workers shifted away from work pressure and toward personal enjoyment, profits made by tech companies still climbed throughout much of the pandemic.  

Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet reported over $50 billion (€49.92 billion) in combined profits in the second quarter of 2021. 

This showed those working in the tech industry that “people can be just as productive, if not more, working from home,” said Bonnie Dilber, a recruiting manager who made a viral post about quiet quitting that was reshared across LinkedIn, world’s largest online professional network.

She told DW that working from home also offers employees additional “lifestyle and financial benefits.”

More time for side ventures

Dilber likened financial gains from working at home to workers saving money on daily commutes and moving away from expensive city centers. Hinkley pointed out that those who stayed at home, and did exactly what their job descriptions called for, were also able to earn additional income from profitable side ventures. 

“I think people saw that they were able make money outside of their regular job,” Hinckley said.

Hinckley makes additional income from investing in real estate and renting her properties on Airbnb. “I make about …….

Source: https://www.dw.com/en/quiet-quitters-find-new-ventures/a-63104416

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