The “quiet quitting” trend gained attention because one quiet quitter wasn’t so quiet about it. Quiet quitting gained notoriety on TikTok in a July video by engineer Zaid Khan (@zkchillin), followed by an August Wall Street Journal article about it.
Though definitions vary, quiet quitting is the deliberate withholding by an employee of their full potential effort at work.
In the wake of quiet quitting, the phrase “quiet firing” emerged — the deliberate withholding by employers of raises, promotions, development, and leadership opportunities.
Of course, neither of these approaches to the employee-employer relationship is new.