How to find happiness at work instead of quiet quitting

How to find happiness at work instead of quiet quitting

As another year nears its end, and many are probably feeling tired and stressed, looking to 2023 with hope and optimism, especially with regards to work, might be a challenge.

“Quiet quitting” has become a popular phrase to describe the phenomenon of doing the bare minimum at work, to avoid burnout and worse.

This might be appropriate for some, and if it helps then fine, but there might be a better way. What if you could find ways to really love what you do? To find happiness at work?

Well, if that sounds enticing then read on …

via Fast Company by Craig Barkacs

While the workplace buzz phrase of 2021 was “the Great Resignation,” this year’s seems to be “quiet quitting,” or the phenomenon where disaffected employees choose to put in only the minimal amount of effort necessary to hold onto their jobs but no more than that. Just to make clear right up front, this isn’t going to be an article about quiet quitting per se nor on whether or not unhappy employees are within their rights to quietly quit. Instead, we’ll focus on the real, underlying issue at hand when people talk about quiet quitting: unhappy employees. 

For the sake of illustration, let’s just say that you’re one of them. Broadly speaking, in that situation you have four options: (1) do nothing, (2) quit, (3) quiet quit, or (4) do something to improve the situation, so you can be happier. I’m not here to tell you which is objectively the right or wrong choice to make, but each choice comes with a set of consequences.

Doing nothing will result in your continuing to be miserable. Quitting would require looking for a new job, though in some cases that may indeed be the best thing to do. As for quiet quitting, one of its problems is that it can cause a backlash, which we’re already seeing in the form of another new trend, “quiet firing,” or managers using equally passive-aggressive tactics to try and get certain employees to just all-out quit. None of these options are particularly appealing. So let’s talk about the fourth option: doing something about it. If and when possible, this is generally the best course of action. 


As acknowledged, sometimes quitting (real quitting, not quiet quitting) may in fact be a desirable course of action, but only after you’ve made a real attempt—perhaps even multiple attempts—at improving your situation. And in most work situations, improving your situation inevitably means, sooner or later, communicating with people who have more power and influence in your workplace than you do. This act of getting management on your side is sometimes called “influencing upward,” but whatever you choose to call it, there are effective ways and ineffective ways to do it.

Since I’m a fan of mantras and acronyms for mnemonic purposes, here’s an acronym to help you remember five steps for effectively working with management to improve your work situation: S-P-A-C-E or SPACE. It stands for Sincerity, Perspective, Assessment, Collaboration, and Execution. Think of it as taking the time and “space” to deliberate before acting. Let’s discuss each of these one by one…

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