Quiet quitting is a new trend in the workplace, particularly among Gen Z and millennials – and it’s saving people from burnout. It means putting boundaries between work and life outside of work and gaining a more reasonable work/life balance.
In 2022, more people began practicing quiet quitting at work. They made it a priority to separate their personal and professional lives, and protect their mental health in the process. Many people are choosing to leave work at a reasonable hour, ignore emails during personal time, and even turn down certain tasks. This allows them to take back some of their autonomy while protecting their mental health.
This wasn’t just an issue of not having enough hours in the day, but of failing to protect their mental health while they worked. People began to realize that they couldn’t give 150% all the time – and that doing so could have a cost both physically and mentally. They began to find ways to work smarter (not harder) by building quiet quitting into their lives.
When you feel like you are running yourself into the ground at work and sacrificing your own personal life, it’s time to reevaluate whether or not this job is right for you. Workplace burnout is something that is widely talked about amongst employees and managers, but no one wants to admit that they are struggling because their entire self-worth depends on their job title and success.
Quiet quitting can also help prevent workplace burnout. A recent survey found that 63% of employees feel like they can’t disconnect from work or take time away. Thirty percent of those surveyed say a heavy workload or stressful job keeps them taking care of their well-being; 27% say long hours on the job are the culprit.
The study also found that people who adopt quiet quitting techniques were less likely to suffer from mental health issues like depression or anxiety. It’s important to be mindful whether you could be suffering from burnout, so you can prevent it from happening in the future.
One of the main benefits of quiet quitting is that you don’t need to make an announcement about it. In fact, most people who practice it prefer to keep their decisions private, and that’s okay. Quiet quitting is a personal choice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Still, there are some key aspects to consider when looking at your own life and making decisions about how important your mental health is to you.
When you’re squeezed for time, it can be hard to put yourself first. We all need a little quiet time every day to recharge, recover and strengthen ourselves mentally and emotionally.
Quiet quitting is, in the end, an attempt to level the playing field in favor of mental health.
Put Yourself First
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