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Is ‘quiet quitting’ a good idea? Here’s what workplace experts say

By | Goh Chiew Tong |

Maggie Perkins said she started “quiet quitting” at her teaching job in 2018, even before it became a TikTok trend.

“There was no reason for me to hustle because as a teacher, there’s no promotion opportunities. If you’re the person who wins the award for teacher of the year, [you’ll] make the same salary as somebody who isn’t,” the 30-year-old mother told CNBC.

To be clear, there’s no single definition of the term quiet quitting. For some, it means setting boundaries and not taking on additional work; for others, it just means not going above and beyond. Most, however, agree it does not mean you’re leaving the job.

Four years on, after quiet quitting started making waves on TikTok, Perkins also made a video about how to do that as a teacher. It includes doing your job only during contract hours, not taking on extra work because that’s how you get burned out or taken advantage of, she said in her video.

“I didn’t volunteer for committees. I didn’t stay late and do extra. I just taught my classes, and I was a good teacher,” she told CNBC Make It in a virtual interview.

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