“We work to live” or “live to work”. This is a big dilemma that exists in the minds of many people today. There are many who do not do the work they want, who are forced to stay in an environment just for the money and only do what is necessary.
Of course, one would say that this is nothing new. There have always been colleagues who were typical in what they did and never strived for anything more. On the other hand, perhaps now the term of “silent resignation”, as it has been called, has become more “official”.
One may wonder what “silent resignation” is and where it came from. Answers can be easily found on TikTok, where he got away from. There he creates through videos talking about the value of work-life balance. Some set limits and refuse overtime. Others try to get the 8 hours out with as little stuff as possible. The new trend has arisen from the need of people to work normally in their work to the point where they will not have to miss it.
A Gallup poll finds that the engagement of American workers with their work is declining, especially among members of Generation Z and younger millennials. Among those born after 1989, 54% say they do the minimum required and nothing more at work.
Those who go by the name “quiet quitters” have a philosophy that, in simple and few words, supports the motto “do only what is necessary”. It was started by TikToker with the account ‘Zaidlepppelin’ who in a video this summer explained the ‘phenomenon’ and saw the comments take the form of a ‘storm’.
“Work is not your life. Your value is not defined by your productive output” he pointed out in his video.
TikToker Zaidlepppelin’s video:
What is happening in Greece? – Two young people comment that they see the new trend
“There are many videos on TikTok that talk about this issue. Especially people from abroad openly discuss what concerns them. In Greece, as in other issues, we are a little behind. Nevertheless, even with a comical point of view, there are videos and an informal conversation about the problems at work and how they affect us in our personal life. Regarding the “silent resignation” and whether it has reached Greece, I believe that we cannot be absolute as everywhere and always there are people who do the formalities and do not want to evolve. We can’t put them all in the same bag. In any case I can understand why someone would want to be formal in their work. Especially if there are no prospects for advancement, if he works much more than he is paid and if the hours are outrageous.
Even me being a workaholic, I think I have functioned in the way this new trend describes and I believe all of us. It’s just that it’s one thing to be like this all the time, and another to have days where you’re just not as efficient because you’re tired from the other days’ workload. Telecommuting also fueled this new trend. I’ve often found myself bored at home – when at the office I might have been fine. I also take a lot of frequent breaks.”
*John, 22 years old
“I think this trend has been there for years. I believe that it is not the type of work that matters, but the person himself. There are people who really don’t care about what they do. Whether they worked in a cafe or in construction or in the subject of their studies they would have exactly the same behavior. That is, they would go to their 8 o’clock work, doing the absolutely necessary, without caring about anything more than money. Some people are taught that way. On the other hand, there are those who have a lot of respect and even if they don’t know a job very well, they do everything to help.
“Giving up” and doing the absolutely necessary things at work there are days when I get it too. It may be the day, the mental and physical fatigue, something that may have happened and affected me. In any case we are talking about one day, I don’t let myself stand still. Of course, I had colleagues who really didn’t care about work. They didn’t care about how they would serve the customers, how fast they would serve, the condition they would leave the store in, etc. Their only concern was when they would get paid.”
– Marina, 24 years old