The philosophy of quiet quitting – silent dismissal

The term quiet quitting became famous on Tik Tok. This term can be translated into Portuguese as silent dismissal, in which it is about doing the least at work to avoid being fired.

Therefore, it is a term more linked to employee demotivation. AND

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However, if you know a little about Japanese culture, you might be thinking about how can this phenomenon occur in the country when the Japanese are very disciplined?

The truth is that, as in many other places, there are people who are dissatisfied with their jobs. They may often be bored, or feel that their efforts are not being recognized. In this way, there is also the silent dismissal in Japan, although, probably, to a lesser degree than when compared to countries like the USA and Brazil itself.

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The Japanese, even bothered, according to their culture, will always try to do the most, even if it means a good dose of sacrifice.

But the most interesting thing is that, even before the term quiet quitting become so famous and a meme, Japan already had discussions on how to avoid this kind of demotivation.

Get to know a little about how Japan thinks and fights this phenomenon.

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Japan already has the answer to the quiet quitting

To understand how Japan already has an answer to this phenomenon, we need to go back to the story of an entrepreneur.

We are talking about Kazuo Inamori. He was one of the giants of post-war Japanese industry, who died in the year 2022 at the age of 90. He founded electronics manufacturer Kyocera Corp. The 48th and fifth largest company in Japan by market value – and it was totally obsessed with improving management, increasing engagement and making workers happier.

By the way, this concern he carried should belong to all companies. After all, happy workers also produce more and better.

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For Inamori, working was living. For easygoing dropouts looking to spend more time in recreation, he cautioned that this pleasure is fleeting.

In addition, he also had a habit of advising workers not to do their best. But doing things to perfection. Seeking perfection in something is very different than just doing your best, it requires more care and attention.


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In order to have a team that was always lively and in search of perfection, he professed that it was necessary to take good care of the workers. As a result, management and workers were part of the same team. You may think that this is not something different. But we are talking about an extremely hierarchical Japan and decades ago. This happened even before countries where companies are more flexible.

Due to the lack of motivation and the argumentation of lack of recognition that many people report today, some of Inamori’s writings already mentioned how to avoid situations like this: “The administration should not seek to satisfy only its own desires”, said Inamori. “They should think about the happiness of each employee.”

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