TikTok Trends & Quiet Quitting: The Apple is Falling Far from the Tree


To promote a better work-life balance for younger generations, a new viral trend has surfaced on TikTok

According to experts, including psychologists, economists, and career counselors, TikTok patterns that have their roots in our personal lives are leaking into our more professional worlds and ultimately doing more harm than good.

We’ve all heard of “ghosting,” which is when a love partner abruptly leaves you but did you realize that it has now spread to the business world? Because of the Great Resignation and the tight labor market, job searchers now feel entitled, while recruiting managers are more used to the mentality that “there’s plenty more talent in the sea.” This viewpoint is demonstrated by hiring managers who ghost applicants after interviews and by recent hires who leave their employers when a better offer arises. According to psychologists, this trend was inspired by dating apps that increased the availability and replaceability of love partners and is now being repeated in the job market. Unhappy with this contract? We can quickly locate another. Ghosting isn’t the only TikTok trend that is affecting your career. Additionally, there is the phenomenon of quiet firing, quiet quitting, and loud quitting, all of which, despite appearing amusing and innocuous, is eventually detrimental to your career. Quiet firing, which has dating-related roots, is the business term for a relationship that has “long faded.” The long fade is when you stay in touch but gradually distance yourself until the other person gets the point.

Professionally speaking, quiet firing occurs when your supervisor rejects your requests for pay raises, promotions, or non-financial rewards, and even denies you access to opportunities for professional development. This continues until the worker is forced to look for employment with another business. Psychologists attribute the growth in silent firing to the way our workplaces are evolving and the steady but sluggish transition to hybrid working. Virtually turning down an employee’s request is considerably simpler than turning it down in person, especially if you can exit the meeting without having to deal with their disappointment and annoyance. This is likely the reason that 39% of workers reported that their employer was considerably more hostile online than in person. Public resigning, which involves filming the moment you quit your job to ensure you get your boss’s reaction, is a lot more Gen Z fad that is gaining steam. It could be amusing for your friends, embarrassing for your boss, and very detrimental to your career. Yes, you might receive a few hundred or a few thousand likes and comments on your social media posts, but if you come off as unprofessional, unreliable, and capable of being so indiscreet, it will hurt your chances of landing a new job. Remember that job offers can be withdrawn. You currently have a new job offer, but if you share a video like this, it could not last long. All three tendencies are ultimately fueled by a lack of communication, whether it is a reluctance to engage in unpleasant talks or a refusal to acknowledge your discontentment with a situation and find a solution. To promote a better work-life balance for younger generations, a new viral trend has surfaced on TikTok.According to a TikToker, “Quiet Quitting” is a work-life balance strategy that rejects “hustle culture” to prioritize mental wellness, not quitting a job quietly. According to reports, millennials and members of Generation Z are choosing this method of working rather than the notion of going “above and beyond” to feel appreciated by their employers. Workers are starting to display new workplace behaviors that managers may need to take into account as available positions slowly start to fill and the US unemployment rate keeps dropping. Workers feeling trapped in their professional development are starting to “quiet quit” their employment as a result of stagnating earnings and rising inflation. Many people realize they are quietly quitting their jobs and may have even done so in the past as the term obtains more popularity in the press and on social media. Employees may not be as interested in going to happy hour drinks after work and may be more focused on improving their personal life, thus emails sent in the evening won’t get responses until the next day.

Whatever the reason, the truth remains that if we believe that leaving discreetly is the only way to be content with our current employer or if we witness co-workers being fired quietly, it is time to move on. Find a new position with a business that values the employee’s skill set rather than increasing the degree of daily stress in the employee’s life.

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