Is quiet shutdown the answer to your work-life balance?
A new TikTok trend has captured the attention of the masses, but this time it has nothing to do with gut health or sexy girl rides. The latest trend to explode on the internet centers around preventing burnout and managing stressful expectations at work. Enter Silent Surrender, TikTok’s obsession with prioritizing mental health at work.
If you’re new to TikTok’s silent dropout wave and want to know what it means, here’s your simple guide.
What is silent surrender?
First of all. No, this is not an invitation to literally quietly quit your job. Instead, he promotes the idea of opting out of the culture of burnout by overcommitting to work and taking in way too much.
In short, quitting quietly is about doing your job and nothing beyond that.
The ABC referenced a TikTok video by creator @zkchillin, which pretty much explains the term.
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“You’re not quitting your job outright, but giving up the idea of going beyond it,” @zkchillin shared.
“You are still doing your job, but you no longer subscribe to the hustle culture mentality that work should be your life. The reality is no. And your value as a person is not defined by your job.
Burnout and the need for change
The rise of terms such as “languishing”, “the great resignation” and our old favorite “burnout” each point to a broader need for change in work environments. People are going through an incredibly trying time, with a global pandemic, economic insecurity and a climate that is in dire straits.
It’s been so taxing for some, in fact, that millennials have been dubbed “the burnout generation,” which is funny to us.
Quitting smoking quietly is more or less the same thing. It refers to people who feel desperate for a break and are looking for an opportunity to ease off.
If you plan to quit quietly
For some, hearing the term silent resignation simply refers to the application of limits to professional expectations and commitment to work/life balance. For others, it may mean significantly changing their approach to work. If so, it might be a case of looking at what your job requires and talking to a shift manager.
Jennifer Luke, a researcher at the Southern Queensland Northern NSW Innovation Hub at the University of Southern Queensland, spoke to the ABC about the shift to silent shutdown and stressed that stepping back is one thing, but if you don’t really not be at work at all, that’s another situation altogether.
“If you’re thinking, ‘This isn’t where I want to be,’ be proactive and find out what’s happening in areas that align with your core values,” she told the outlet.
There have also been discussions online (mainly TikTok) about the possibility that naming the act of simply not digging into the ground at work is a little silly. Instead, some think we should just call it healthy work behavior, not a quiet stop (as if it’s a new trend).
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So what do you think? Is it a useful reminder for people? Or does the renunciation of silence define normal boundaries as something new and almost rebellious?