Loud quitting, on the other hand, represents an open revolt against an employer’s culture and leadership, usually made public on social media platforms.
This trend throws traditional professional etiquette out the window. Instead of focusing on setting boundaries with regard to a culture of overwork, loud quitting represents a public display of job dissatisfaction.
While this can feel good in the moment, it is also worth remembering that anything you share over social media can generally be found by your next would-be employer. For employees whose video doesn’t go viral but is out there in the cyber realm, or for those who do go viral but for all the wrong reasons (e.g., public censure rather than applause), making this grand gesture may work against them in the job search.
And this applies to everyone, not just Gen Z. Research shows that employees at all organizational levels are publicly airing their grievances, often, they say, because they feel like they haven’t been heard previously.
Workers increasingly value more flexibility, which relies on solid communication. Employers, however, haven’t always caught up to the demands of their employees when it comes to transparent and open communication. According to a recent Forbes article, Gen Z has spearheaded the demand for workplaces that foster the ability to speak up while also making employees feel engaged and valued.
Unfortunately, that’s proved to be a tall order for some companies. The ensuing friction — between what’s expected, desired and productive — has led to frustration, rage and resentment among some employees. And that’s where loud quitting comes in: Whether out of anger, disappointment or a genuine wish to warn other employees, some workers take to social media to air a laundry list of complaints.