Millennials Have Begun 'Quiet Vacationing' Instead Of Asking Their Boss For Time Off

Although "quiet quitting" has been around for a while, some people are allegedly adopting a new strategy termed "quiet vacationing."


There's talk of a new work culture trend among millennials.

It seems like we millennials are always up to something, similar to the 'silent quitting' craze.

For those who do not know, persons who are disillusioned with their jobs often engage in the practice known as "quiet quitting."

It denotes that an individual does nothing more than carry out the responsibilities and tasks specified in their employment contract.

Supporters of the approach emphasize that it's more about "doing the job you're contracted to do" than it is about "quiet quitting."

They contend that the toxic office culture, which implicitly demands that employees go "above and beyond," is the only reason it's ever considered a thing.

However, a new phenomena is starting to emerge that is marginally different from silent quitting.

What then is this emerging phenomena that millennials are talking about?

Known as "quiet vacationing," it differs slightly from the earlier tactic of "quiet quitting."

This has more to do with people's perceptions of their work-life balance and may indicate that there isn't enough balance in the workplace for paid time off.

Surprisingly, 78% of US workers claim not to use all of their paid time off (PTO), with Gen Z and millennials having the greatest percentage.

They're still taking breaks in spite of this; they're just not formally.

Up to 40% of millennials acknowledged taking unpaid time off without informing their manager.

Others claimed to have occasionally given their mouse a jiggle to demonstrate their continued activity.

Some went a step further and even scheduled emails to be sent during non-business hours, giving the impression that they were working overtime.

The Harris Poll's chief strategy officer, Libby Rodney, stated to CNBC:

“There’s a giant workaround culture at play.

“They will figure out how to get appropriate work-life balance, but it’s happening behind the scenes. It’s not exactly quiet quitting, but more like quiet vacationing.”

However, why millennials in particular?

While Gen Z members are more forthcoming about their status in the job, millennials are also achieving their goals, according to Rodney.

However, the more mature millennials—who, let's not forget, are approaching their forties and starting families—have chosen to keep things more low-key.

Ever gone on a "quiet vacation"?