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People Are Adopting The ‘Quiet Quit’ Trend In A Huge Rejection Of Hustle Culture

Charisa Bossinakis

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People Are Adopting The ‘Quiet Quit’ Trend In A Huge Rejection Of Hustle Culture

Young Aussies are adopting a new mindset of ‘quiet quitting’ rather than embracing the hustler mentality.

While we can all appreciate the mind frame to do everything you can to be the best, sometimes we just need to smell the roses and enjoy a big fat sit.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a TikTok user under the name ‘zkchillin’ shared a video explaining the ideology.


In the video, he says: “I recently learned about this term called quiet quitting, where you’re not outright quitting your job, you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond at work.

“You’re still fulfilling your duties, but you’re no longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality that work has to be your life. Reality is it’s work, and your worth as a person is not defined by your labour.”

Users loved the idea as one person wrote: “I quiet quit six months ago and guess what, same pay. Same recognition, same everything but less stress.”

Another said: “Then when you do it you realise nothing at work matters and suddenly all the stress vanishes.”


A third commented: “Especially when someone doing the bare minimum is getting paid the same as someone going above and beyond.”

Credit: Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

While another wrote: “I run an online open studio called Anti-Hustle art studio and after seeing this I’m planning a session with the theme ‘quiet quitting’. Thank you!!”

Aussies appear to be increasingly embracing this career trend as many are trying to negotiate better pay due to the tight labour market.


According to the National Skills Commission’s Internet Vacancy Index, online job advertisements in June increased by 1.2 per cent, standing at 303,400, the highest volume since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Indeed AU economist Callam Pickering also tweeted earlier this month: “Job postings remain at incredibly high levels.

“We’ve seen no noticeable decline in job postings despite the growing concerns around high inflation / rising interest rates.”


Kris Grant, CEO of management consultancy ASPL Group, also warned that employees would continue to seek better remuneration amid the pandemic recovery period.

She told Smart Company: “Australia’s unemployment rate is expected to fall below three per cent next year, with the economy continuing to grow at a robust place after months of sluggish activity last year, and employers are still hiring.

“Because of the labour and skills shortage, wage costs in most sectors, including finance, healthcare and telecommunications are arising between 10 to 15 per cent, with employers having to boost salaries to attract and retain staff.”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy Stock Photo.

Topics: News, TikTok

Charisa Bossinakis
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