Dear Moneyist, I have something to get off my chest. Please bear with me. We learned a lot from the (more than) two years of pandemic life. Among those lessons:
1. We can be really effective and productive working from home. 2. When working at home it’s easy to end up working constantly which can lead to burnout and worker dissatisfaction (hello, Great Resignation). 3. It’s important for workers to draw personal and professional boundaries. When I read this story about “quiet quitting,” I was struck by the way people who were interviewed were doing the things that we have been encouraged to do and have encouraged our employees to do: work reasonable hours, don’t work on vacation and strive for work/life balance. The featured “quiet quitters” had been experiencing serious physical and mental-health problems associated with their jobs, and now, after setting some boundaries, are overall happier and healthier people and effective employees. “I still work just as hard. I still get just as much accomplished. I just don’t stress and internally rip myself to shreds,” one said.
“‘What is your take on quiet quitting? Are employees falling asleep on the job? Or are they doing something that they should have done a long time ago by putting their career in its proper place?”