‘Quiet quitting’ gains traction in Australia
Some employees in Australia are trying ‘quiet quitting’ to avoid burnout and ditch stressful jobs while remaining employed.
Jennifer Luke, a research fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Southern Queensland Northern NSW Innovation Hub, described quiet quitting as a new term for something that was already happening in workplaces across the country, according to ABC News.
“With COVID-19 and lockdowns and people having time to stop and concentrate, they’re thinking, ‘Where am I wanting to go?’, ‘Am I happy?’, ‘What’s most meaningful to me?’,” she said, noting that “I think that’s what kicked off this trend again.”
However, she cautioned that the concept held risks, and employees who were unhappy at their jobs needed to take time to figure out what to do.
“What I support is making sure people understand who they are and what they want to do, and make sure they’re looking at what is happening around them,” she said.