It is not uncommon to hear of the term "quiet quitting" or "quiet firing" at work, particularly when it comes to prioritising your own needs. You may find that the "quiet thriving" trend offers you a more optimistic outlook.
The concept of quiet thriving is essentially the opposite of quiet quitting. Quiet quitting was introduced last year as a way to do what you need to in a situation that doesn't reward or serve you well. Basically, doing the bare minimum at work and not overworking yourself for an employer that might not care as much about its employees. Even though it's tempting, mentally checking out of your job can actually make you feel even more unfulfilled and make you feel more miserable in the long run.
The concept of quiet thriving, on the other hand, involves employees rethinking their relationship with their work, and finding ways to reengage and enjoy their work again, without overworking themselves.
Taking action tends to make people feel better. Does flexible working cross your mind? Think of what could make you feel re-engaged at work and talk to your manager about making a change that's important to you. Are there any ways to shorten meetings? Is it possible for hybrid work schedules to be more accessible? Do you want more opportunities to learn new skills? If you or your ideas are shot down, follow up to find out why.
Develop relationships at work
A positive relationship with your co-workers can create a relaxed and sociable working environment, which can promote emotional well-being. Colleague interaction during breaks and social events can enhance these relationships. This in turn can lead to increased job satisfaction, trust and respect, better communication and collaboration, and a sense of belonging within the workplace. All of these factors can help to build a strong team dynamic and overall, make you enjoy being in the workplace a bit more.
Take a few short breaks
Make sure you take short breaks and move around. Your fatigue will increase the more you push yourself throughout the day. Even a quick walk around the office or a quick coffee run can provide your brain with some needed breaks. So, give your mind some time to reset so that you can continue being productive. It is also beneficial to take regular breaks while working on electronic devices, as taking small breaks can reduce eye strain, back pain, and headaches.
Take a new look at things
When you're stuck in a rut and feel like you're stuck in a loop, looking at things from a different angle can help you break free from it. It allows you to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions. By looking at things from a new perspective, you can gain a fresh outlook and renewed enthusiasm for your work.
The more negative you are at the start of every day, the more likely you are to choose only to focus on the things you dislike about your job, overlooking its positive aspects. Think of the aspects of your position that you enjoy and give you a sense of purpose instead of trying to find the shortcomings.
Have a proactive approach
While not every role has the flexibility to change drastically, there are still ways to make it more fulfilling. Both you and your employer should be able to shape your role to work for both parties. Identify areas of opportunity with your boss and explain why and how they can benefit your career. By taking the initiative to work with your boss on shaping your role, it can open up opportunities for growth that weren't previously available. It can also create a more positive work environment and show your boss that you are invested in your job and willing to contribute to further success.