Gen Z’s quiet quitting, dispensing with going above and beyond

| September 2, 2022

One of the ways that members of the work force born, before the 1990s, could find their excessive burden supersized? There’s an international trend among members of Generation Z that involves minimizing work involvement. In “Quiet Quitting”, an individual only does what is specified for the job. Going above and beyond or doing the things that many see as a way to enhance one’s career, are “out the door”.

From the New York Post:

“You’re not outright quitting your job, but you’re quitting the idea of going above and beyond,” explained one TikToker whose viral video helped kick off the fad. “You’re still performing your duties, but you’re no longer subscribing to the hustle-culture mentality.”

Basically, you’re not actually quitting, you just start doing the bare minimum.

In one tongue-in-cheek video skit, a young woman models “quiet quitting” by sitting down at her desk at exactly 9:00 a.m., declaring it “Maple Muffin Monday,” gossiping and taking many breaks to discuss “The Bachelorette.” She then laughs at her 500-call goal for the day — “instead we’re doing 50.” And when her boss asks her to do some additional tasks, she replies, “Susan, it’s 2022: We’re acting our wage, so don’t give me extra work.”

Queue the “Yass, queen”s in the comments section — and the unemployment application in her near future. But perhaps because of just how expansive our welfare safety net has become, many of these young people aren’t particularly perturbed by the prospect of facing employment consequences.

“If I’m supposed to go above and beyond, so should my pay,” one guy’s viral TikTok argues.

“You’re lucky that an employee does their job. I’ve done so little at work before that it wasn’t ‘quietly quitting,’ it was technically robbing.”

Another TikTok user recounted how after she “quiet quit” her job, she “used all the free space in her mind no longer worrying about work” to start doing “Queer History walking tours.”

“In doing less, I made life better for everyone around me,” she concluded. “Do less! Do less! Do less!”

Some of these videos are downright absurd. But the frustrations motivating this broader movement aren’t.

Real wages are falling. Housing, groceries, gas and other necessities are increasingly unaffordable, thanks to inflation. And the economy has been mediocre at best and calamitous at worst in the early years of this generation’s careers.

The New York Post has additional information, and links to TikTok videos, here. The New York Post has another article explaining the apparent origin of this movement.

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Hack Stone

We had some of those no achievers while Hack was still in uniform. The senior enlisted participants were enrolled in the ROAD Program. That would be Retired On Active Duty.


Doing work or f*ckin’ off both get paid the same!

A Proud Infidel®™

I saw some ROADies when I was in, what a waste of Oxygen and Government Money!


“The philosophy of quiet quitting is not abruptly leaving a job but doing exactly what the job requires, no more no less.”

AI and Robots do exactly what they are programmed to do, i.e. what is required, i.e. “No More, No Less.”

In other words, those who choose to uphold the practice/attitude of “Quiet Quitting” may soon find themeselves replaced by AI and Robots.

We would say that those who just want to do “what the job requires” should work at Fast Foods establishments..However, it looks as if Fast Foods are starting to replace their employees with AI/Robots:

“Robots Are Taking Jobs Flipping Burgers And Making Smoothies As Automation Invades Fast Food — See How They Work”

(Robot Voice: “You Want Fries With That?”)

Be Careful What You Wish For.


A Proud Infidel®™️

$15 an hour to fry burgers? Meet your replacement “*BEEP*, *CLICK*, *whirrrrr* …


Our Military:

“The Army’s Next Robot Will Know When You’re Talking Trash — And Know When To Talk Back”


An AI system that can correctly understand acronyms and F-word usage? Cool!


“Literally on the following day, California lawmakers passed legislation titled the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (“FAST”) raising the state’s minimum wage from an already generous $15 and hour to $22 for quick service restaurant employees.”


Hey, why did they cut back muh hours?


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A Proud Infidel®™️

Another side effect of “Everyone gets a trophy”!


We can now see why “Planet Of The Apes” is a possibility…😉😎

Hack Stone

Best Planet Of The Apes reference, ever.


The poster picture?

Take a good look at it and tell us if you see a similiarity…🤔


Please compare the “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” Poster to the above picture…

A Proud Infidel®™️

We can also see “Idiocracy” as a prophecy.

Forrest Bondurant

“Brondo has electrolytes. It’s what plants crave.”

“Georgia’s IN Florida…Dumbass.”


” Starbucks? We don’t have time for hand jobs dude. “


Lots of free $$$ fights inflation, you know:

Old tanker

From what I read the folks bragging about it aren’t doing the minimum required, they were just occupying the work space. The one in the call center specifically. She should have been terminated as soon as she spouted off to her supervisor.


Oxygen Thieves


There’s a good reason most call centers are located in New Delhi.


TAH site keeps crashing…



Under attack for spreading misinformation?



USMC Steve

No problem. There is no limit on how many people a boss can fire a day.

Hack Stone

Found this one on Al Gore’s Amazing Internet:


No wonder socialism is so popular with the kiddies, they already have the mindset.



USMC Steve

Certainly, because most of them have no sense and aren’t all that sharp to begin with. Lazy comes easily to some.

Hack Stone

Willing to bet that none of these Generation Zers would go the extra mile by going on line and attacking anyone who questions the veracity of Phil Monkress’ claims of being a US Navy SEAL. The don’t make chumps like Psaul anymore.


As a sales guy, the mantra was ‘you do what it takes to get the deal’. You work long hours if need be, you THINK and try to find real-world solutions to make both sides of the contract if not happy, at least equally mildly unhappy. Doing the minimum? Taking constant breaks and BSing all day? I’m not real smart, but I’m smart enough to document all of that – and never lost an unemployment complaint. HATED letting good folks go … but firing someone worthless is an improvement in both my life.


Good help has always been hard to find, but now it has become nearly impossible in many areas. Sadly, that is not a now situation as a it’s been like that for ever, it’s just more blatant now. Just like the despotic tyrants are not trying to hide their nefarious activities. It’s one reason I turned down a 6 figure management position back in ’99 and took a worker bee slot. Within 5 years I was making the 6 figures without the headaches. Middle management did put the more productive ones with the slackers, hoping that the productivity would be what was needed. Problem was, management was afraid to fire the deadbeats. If I was physically able to punch a clock again, I could have my choice of jobs.

Their attitude won’t do them any good when they are placed in the collective farm re-education camps.

USMCMSgt (Ret)

Years ago, I witnessed some careers getting cut short because a few had that attitude while on recruiting duty…then they’d be surprised and complain about getting a double-signed fitness report and eventually passed over for promotion. The Marine Corps divested itself of people like this, so employers should too.

A Proud Infidel®™

SO MANY people these days crave a $30 and hour job while they have maybe a $3 an hour work ethic.


They may have invented the phrase, but this generation is culturally appropriating a concept that has plenty of history with Gen X (terminal lance corporals, “Office Space,” etc.) and probably started at least with the boomers.