‘Resenteeism’ Is the Natural Successor to Quiet Quitting

Resenteeism: the idea of staying in a job you are fundamentally unhappy in due to concerns of job security or a lack of better options, but then start to actively resent it and make everyone aware of that fact. 

Sound familiar? Probably because we all have been or know someone like that in the workplace.

Resenteeism is the natural successor to “quiet quitting,” a term originally coined at a Texas A&M economics conference that simply breaks down to doing the bare minimum at your job instead of going above and beyond to progress. An obvious response to burnout, it’s been heavily spearheaded by Gen Z’s arguably clever approach to work smart, not hard. Now the generation has another phrase to describe an all-too-common workplace experience.

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Coined by staff management software provider RotaCloud, resenteeism is the idea of staying in a job you’re unhappy in and actively resenting it—and being completely unsubtle about it.

Unlike presenteeism (going in to work but not being productive, for instance, if you’re ill), those suffering from resenteeism experience a lot more frustration surrounding their current situation, which is something that can catch among fellow staff. 


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