Quiet Quitting is not revolutionary.

Capitalism should have seen it coming.

Anum Hashim
6 min readSep 1, 2022

Quiet Quitting is certainly not a new idea.

But it has gained new life thanks to becoming viral on TikTok. Just look at the 77 million views (and counting) for the hashtag #quietquitting.

Quiet Quitting is framed as employees who are working only in exchange for their paycheque. The idea is that employees are only “doing the bare minimum.” They are not “going above and beyond.”

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

NPR has a few examples of what quiet quitting means to employers:

  • Closing your laptop at 5 p.m. (setting boundaries)
  • Doing only your assigned tasks. (aka what you are paid to do)
  • Spending more time with family. (having a life outside of work)

Why should employees go above and beyond?

Employers should not ask why people have stopped going “above and beyond.”

But rather, why there is an expectation for employees to go above and beyond.

I’ve been told all of these things in my short corporate career:

  • “you have to put in the time.”
  • “It’s a learning opportunity.”
  • “it will open up new…



Anum Hashim

Finance professional / CPA on a break from corporate life. I write about money, productivity and life as a content creator.