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“Work to rule”

Bookmarked A Quick Note on ‘Quiet Quitting’ by Anne Helen Petersen (Culture Study)

I’ve yet to see any TikToks that explicitly connect the dots between “quiet quitting” and what’s long been known within labor activism as “work to rule,” which is when a group of workers collectively decide to really do the bare minimum of their job descriptions…The goal: communicate just how much employers depend on motivated, engaged workers who feel adequately and fairly compensated for the work that they do.

🙄 I assume preventing this tactic is why every job description at my old work listed “other duties as assigned.” And I was in a union 🤷‍♀️

The quiet quitting thing is stupid. Really, bosses are so confused about what a job is that they consider it a form of quitting to not do additional work beyond your job description (and sometimes multiple people’s jobs because they can’t be fussed to hire quickly or retain workers)? 🤨 Talk about entitlement.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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