I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the new ‘quiet quitting’
discourse that Gen Z has apparently ‘introduced’ but aren’t really
the ones actually talking about it. Quiet quitting, for the uninitiated, is the idea of doing your job (well, the job you’re paid to do) and not taking it above and beyond for no extra pay. The thing about ‘quiet quitting’ tho, is that it feels like just another fabricated generation war where all the people I see writing/ talking/ commenting on it are not Gen Z at all, despite us we’re being lumped in with the ‘trend.’
Generational polarisation is buzzy and it’s kinda… lazy journalism. We (gen Z) never cared about skinny jeans, middle parts, or the word ‘cheugy’ it was the ‘outrage’ and media coverage from older generations that actually made these things things.
I get that ‘quiet quitting’ is a response to hustle culture, and that no one wants to feel valued based on labour alone - of course not! We are more than our jobs (well, not me, but most of us!) and boundary-setting 💅slays 💅. What doesn’t slay, is all the chat I’m seeing about young people being lazy, and not knowing how to ‘live in the real world’ which is what happens when you lump a ‘trend’ like this in with a whole generation.
We aren’t all out here ‘quiet quitting’ - at most we’re setting boundaries, doing what we’re paid to do, and believe it or not - still working hard!! Enough op-eds on this now!