What We Know About Quiet Quitting is Wrong

psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one’s emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator

Simply put, “gaslighting” is the deliberate misleading of someone for one’s benefit. The word is a helpful alternative to “lying” and “fraud” that fail to capture certain events, and is “at home in formal and technical writing as well as in colloquial use.” I first came across the word in 2020 when two female friends described their encounters with a serial predator who repeatedly made them question what they suspected of his behavior.

But, on LinkedIn, Minerva shed light on the prevalence of gaslighting in a different – and unexpected- setting.

She pointed out that the perpetrator of gaslighting can be an individual but also a “system we’ve collectively, tacitly agreed to participate in despite it benefitting only a fraction of the whole.” Her focus was on the work culture in the corporate where most people struggle with work-life balance and risk losing their jobs at any time, regardless of their performance and dedication.

They work long hours, often burn out, and yet continue working under suboptimal conditions, wrongly believing their company “needs them” or will promote them if they “work hard.” The quiet quitting trend needs a long, hard look at this backdrop.

for many companies, a workforce that is willing to go beyond the call of duty is a critical competitive advantage. The reality is that most jobs can’t be fully defined in a formal job description or contract, so organizations rely on employees to step up to meet extra demands as needed

The freedom to say ‘no’ to unattractive work and not fear losing their jobs is a luxury that many people from marginal identities can’t afford. Regardless, one point needs underscoring. If the employer expectation of people doing more work than they are paid to isn’t strange, what’s stranger is the use of the term “rebels” for employees who don’t.

As Bera put it aptly in her piece, “people shouldn’t be doing more work than they have to. And just doing the work that you’re paid for should be the standard, not an act of mutiny.”

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