The ongoing attempt from bosses to spin the concept of doing the job you were hired for without providing them with extra time and extra effort into a negative with the term “quiet quitting” continues to be a source of amusement among those who know better.

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One redditor even detailed how he dealt with this in real life, after his boss tried to get him to work overtime by pointedly lamenting the idea of “quiet quitting” to his face.

u/Sol-Blackguy explained that he’s got a great work ethic, always getting everything done and never showing up late to his job or missing any shifts “unless it’s an actual emergency or death in the family.”

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“I’m more reliable than death and taxes,” he said. “On the other side of the coin, I don’t usually take extra shifts. I do my 40 hours reliably so I don’t have to.”

Like many companies seem to be these days, his work is currently dealing with a staffing shortage. And like many companies seem to be these days, they are coping by refusing to hire more workers. An attempt to bring in temps backfired, and the redditor says it’s left all the existing full-time workers having to volunteer for “double shifts, extra days and weekends.”

The thing is, because of prior issues at the company, a union stepped in and made it clear management isn’t allowed to specifically ask people to work overtime — they can only volunteer via sign-up sheet. The original poster’s direct boss and regional manager allegedly tried to work around this rule by having a meeting with him in which they discussed personnel issues, reminded him of the tiny referral bonus they offer, and waxed on about “quiet quitting.”

“The boss brings up my schedule and passive aggressively laments that I’m working 40 hours every week. Then he pulls out the volunteer overtime sign up sheet. ‘Okay, then do you want me to work more days or something?’” he recalls asking.

But because the boss can’t actually do that, they went around in circles for awhile, with the redditor cheekily telling him, “If you want me to take more shifts because you’re short handed, all you have to do is tell me.”

“Then I leave and go back to working my job within my scheduled hours,” he concluded.

Readers were equal parts proud of the original poster for sticking to his guns and not working extra when he didn’t want to, and frustrated that this “quiet quitting” nonsense continues to be something bosses can whip out like it’s a real, negative concern rather than a product of corporate overlords being stingy and expecting too much from people whose entire lives do not, and should not, revolve around a job.

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Others also used it to drive home the importance and benefit of unions, and why collective negotiating power is so powerful against these corporate structures.

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As idiotic as weaponizing “quiet quitting” sounds to many of us, there are still people entering the workforce who won’t know how to stand up to all the extra demands from bosses who lead employees to think they have to consistently go above and beyond or risk their jobs or even careers. The more that people like this redditor continue to shut that notion down, the better off all employees will be.

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*First Published: May 30, 2023, 6:54 am