silent resignation. Anglicist and failed translation

November 8, 2022 by Mark FERRERO

“Quiet out”: Another term from the Anglo-Saxon vocabulary after all the others: burn out, bore out and another brown burnout… Many English terms showing the dominance of the Anglo-Saxon economic culture in France. A colonialism that has been at work since the 1970s, when it is so easy to talk about human or behavioral skills, today it is reinforced by the rapid appearance of “soft skills”!

Interrogative translation…

In this article, we will use to describe this action – for lack of a better word – translating in terms of “silent resignation”, which consists of investing in a company according to its job description and letter. his schedule. Behind this formula also hides the refusal to accept applications after working hours and making it a matter of honor to respect the right to disconnect according to the Labor Code. In reality, it’s about giving up the performance culture at work, putting in countless hours and working “always more.” So the term “resignation” is misleading, because it’s not quitting, it’s quitting. make sure you’re only doing what you’re paid to do. That’s why many say or write that doing your job and honoring the terms of the contract is not resignation!

The reasons for these behaviors

It’s a matter of looking for causes that seem multifactorial:

Above all, a certain disenchantment among employees against the broken promises of the company, as psychologists at work, in terms of release in terms of salary or narcissistic recognition and well-being. According to research conducted last July by Malakoff Humanis, 23% of workers under the age of 30 report poor mental health, compared to 16% for all workers. French youth would therefore be more susceptible to silent resignation…
We want to see in all this, at the same time, the education of children, where the concept of hard work has deteriorated, and at the same time, a friendly environment that has become more of a point, a modern pandemic that plays an important role with the development of television. -work. Therefore, this work at home means finding a form of cocooning for some – sorry for the convenience! – Where transport is no longer carried out, clothing is no longer sought, because it happens that managers or employees stay in tracksuits or pajamas all day… So there are exogenous reasons, but others are specific to the job and the trajectory. the employee may have experience.

We have identified several that open up this business concept:

  1. Disappointment due to lack of promotion, whether deserved or not promised. A very common phenomenon that we encounter in many situations.
  2. Health problems that force the subject to reconsider his investments and think that work is no longer his priority.
  3. Life accidents, such as divorce or troubled children, cause trajectories to be reconsidered. These are very common occurrences in certain trades that require high commitment.
  4. Failure to recognize the work done, because there is also a form of narcissistic revenge, which indicates that the superior does not have the attention that the employee expects.
  5. Disappearance of corporate culture.
  6. Dehumanized management. Today, business leaders avoid their employees and lock themselves in an ivory tower.

Each of the points raised when trying to avoid this form of relationship has its own solution, but it is important to remember that since the invention of Taylorism, the question of the Pygmalion effect has been at the heart of the sociology of work.

Giving meaning, reimagining work and redefining tasks seems to us the mission of all supervisors… Have we really entered a new world where the search for the right balance between professional life and private life dominates the choice of employees? ?

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