Hugo Gurdon: ‘Quiet Quitting’ Even Hits Generation Z

  • Millions of Americans have quit their jobs over the past couple of years. Millions more have “quiet quit,” which is a new label given to the inertia of people collecting paychecks but doing the bare minimum or less at work.
  • Part of this stems from a desire for a supposedly healthier work-life balance. A member of Generation Z told me recently, “I don’t see why I should work above and beyond if I’m not paid above and beyond.” Whether this attitude is or isn’t misplaced in a young person early in her career, it is undeniably different from what one saw in the 1980s, when people would leave a jacket at their desk overnight to give the impression they were working late.