Headline RoundupSeptember 8th, 2022

Is ‘Quiet Quitting’ Real, or Did the Media Make It Up?

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For weeks, writers across the news media have discussed “quiet quitting,” a purported trend of employees increasingly declining to go “above and beyond” at work, instead only fulfilling their job descriptions.

A recent survey by Gallup (Center bias) found that from 2020 to 2022, “actively disengaged” workers rose 4 points to 18%, and “engaged” workers fell 4 points to 32% — roughly the same as pre-2015 levels. Workers who were “not engaged” remained at about 50%. 

Despite the historical trend and the fact that Gallup didn’t directly ask respondents about “quiet quitting,” coverage in several outlets — including The Hill (Center bias), Axios (Center bias), The Daily Caller (Right bias) and Gallup itself — concluded that “half of U.S. workers say they are ‘quiet quitting.’” Some writers noted the trend’s precedent, while others took issue with the core concept of describing doing your job as “quitting.” Meanwhile, several writers discussed “quiet firing” and offered advice for managers. 

Coverage was most common in business-focused outlets, which tend to be rated Center or Lean Left. Perspectives varied widely between writers and outlets. Coverage was less common in U.S. politics-focused outlets like Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) and Politico (Lean Left bias).

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