Quiet Quitting is an abomination

When people talk about ‘quiet quitting’ what they mean is just doing the job you were paid to do. That’s a truly horrendous concept. Doing the job you were paid to do is doing your job. Going above and beyond is not something your employer is entitled to. Whether that’s unpaid overtime, being available when out of work when that isn’t in your contract, or anything else being extracted from you that you aren’t paid to do – that’s exploitation.

The dangled carrot is that this is the only way to progress. Doing the job you are paid to do is not enough to get you a pay rise or a promotion. That’s also appalling when you stop and think about it. The idea that your job should be more important than anything else in your life, and that your job should own you, is entirely vile. Unpaid overtime is wage theft. Most people aren’t following a calling, they just want to be able to afford to live. Asking everyone to work like they have a soul deep compulsion to do the job is unreasonable in the extreme.

Workplaces often try to save money by not replacing staff who leave, making those who remain pick up more than their share of the work. It’s exploitative. We’re seeing at the moment in UK transport what happens when a business runs on the assumption that employees can be pressured into working their days off to cover for colleagues who are ill. You can’t sustain that as a model, especially not for a public facing job during a pandemic. You can’t have people working their rest time and not have them get ill and burned out. Companies should employ enough people so that they can cope with illness and holiday leave, but far too many don’t. It’s not a lack of money – vast sums go to shareholders in this case.

I had a round some years ago when it became apparent that I’d got pretty good at the freelance job I was doing. It was suggested to me that my workload should therefore increase with no pay increase, because they were paying for my time. I was able to sit the relevant people down and explain that this is basically punishing someone for being good at their job and honest about what they are doing, and the whole thing was dropped. It helped that as a freelancer doing multiple jobs I was in a position where I could really quit if something became too much work for too little money. Of course, not everyone can do that.

Doing the job you are being paid to do, is doing your job. Don’t let anyone persuade you that they are entitled to more than that, or that you are a bad employee if you simply do what you’ve been contracted to do.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

5 responses to “Quiet Quitting is an abomination

  • darrack1

    “Do the job your being paid to do, do it as well as you can, but never do nowt for nowt!” as the greatest man who ever lived taught me as a child.

  • Robert Leland Hall

    Doing a job you are paid to do in the allotted time is praise worthy

    Expecting to be promoted is unrealistic unless in the allotted time you accomplished more than expected on a regular basis

    Getting a raise for doing the minimum in the allotted time is unrealistic and grounds for dismissal

    Your Critique in this matter covers many of the abuses that workers experience under unethical managers

    Science in my life time is my passion and I only do things that I am passionate about —— So in effect I live and work my passions

    Most human beings that I have encountered that believe as you do are slackers and the rest like yourself are dedicated to their passion

    Though I have trouble with the total body of this criticism “ I support your general premise “

    Many people of integrity need to take your overview to heart and make sure they folllow their passions

    Robert Leland Hall esq
    75 years old and counting 🤷‍♂️

  • honorthegodsblog

    Ten years ago, I quit my full-time job to provide full-time care for an elderly family member. Prior to making this decision, I applied for a part-time job for the same employer but, rather than permit this, the employer retracted the part-time job listing. When I sat down with my boss to explain that I would need to quit if I couldn’t work part time, my boss remained unwilling to allow me to have the part-time position and further told me that, if I stayed, I would be required to work 50-hour+ weeks to cover for another employee’s leave of absence.

    I gave a full month’s notice that I would be quitting. My boss never tried to talk me out of leaving and, at the time I left, no one had been hired to replace me.

    My former employer ended up having to hire three people to do my job. My only regret was that I had been deluded into thinking I had no choice but to accept the additional workload over the years without being paid extra for performing the additional work.

  • Brenda

    thank you for posting this. Its becoming a real hot topic and it worries me that employers/companies might start abusing it. You’re right, as a concept this is worrying – we’re talking about people who are doing their job; fulfilling their contract. Anything over and above what’s in a person’s job description is voluntary (discretionary effort). Employers might want to manage their workforces to encourage hard work and going that extra mile but it should never ever be be taken for granted.

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