Faced with the phenomenon of “quiet receipt”, the humanization of work

In recent years, after the COVID pandemic, the world of work has integrated concepts and anglicisms that inspire countless articles, conferences and seminars, given by specialists in the field and which serve to give a patina of modernity and scholarship to those who use them. : “Workaholic”, “Burnout”, yesscramble idea“. And mid-2020 appears the concept, widely commented on by the media, of “Gtrue resignation, in Spanish “The great resignation”.

In recent days, a new concept has appeared in many articles and reports, in most media: quiet stop, which in Spanish would be something like “the silent resignation”. What is the “quiet stop »? Sophistication aside, let’s say it would be”do whatever it takes not to get firedvery similar to our well-known exclamation that says:Bastards! You will cheat me on the salary, but not on the job.”.

Que and resign” is a concept that was born in TikTok, Instagram or Twitter, and that social networks have continued to expand, making people talk about him. A phenomenon that expresses an attitude that, it is said, permeates the new generations. A fact that should question business leaders. The first thing to do is if they have not exaggerated their ambition too much when they have despised and belittled the value of the work. You wonder if doing the bare minimum isn’t actually laziness, but rather a response to shitty jobs, abusive bosses, and low pay. They should ask themselves why a significant portion of young people have decided to move on from the mirror in which they looked at themselves decades ago, when they passionately followed the biographies and self-help books of business leaders, winners, full of messages that pushed them to give their all at work, to lose hours of sleep, to focus on building a professional career to become bosses. Perhaps the answer will be found in the poor working conditions they offered, the low wages, the huge amount of unpaid overtime in many companies, the permanent contingency, in the many years of internships unpaid, in fake interns…

In front of quiet stop: fair wages, participation, training, reconciliation of work and personal life,…, humanization of work and unionization

Most of the articles and reports on this new phenomenon, the “Whatuiet resign”, they will attach themselves to considerations on the psychology of the new generations, they will tell us that we must seek the causes in spoiled boys and girls who have embraced the law of minimum effort, and therefore only do what is just and don’t commit to work for them. Few, as is already the case, will stop to point out, or at least wonder, if this phenomenon is not the logical expression of the frustration and disenchantment caused by the lack of stimuli. If not the logical result of the erosion of labor rights with which the vast majority of young workers have been punished. And if it is not also the expression of the general weakening that the labor movement has experienced, which has provoked an individual response in large groups instead of the collective response that is unionization.

It is easier to explain the disaffection with their work of large groups of young people as the result of a predominant personality tendency in the new generations, and less as an expression of their poor working conditions, the feeling of low expectations of professional and social promotion. .

Perhaps we can find a better explanation for this new phenomenon that is the “Whatue and resign” if we listen to what the new Randstad study, published in Business Insider, tells us, in which it shows that the younger generation prioritizes their own well-being and mental health, preferring to leave an unsatisfying job rather than to remain unhappy. And what Harvard research warns us about”silent resignation indicating that the causes are not so much an employee’s unwillingness to work harder, but rather the consequence of poor corporate leadership.

So in front Whatuiet resign: fair wages, participation, training, reconciliation of work and personal life,…, humanization of work and unionization.


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