First there was “quiet quitting”. A bit of a misnomer as no-one actually quits their job, they just do the minimum to stay employed. Now we have “acting your wage” – which describes an employee doing the job they are paid to do, but nothing more. Contrary to what some think, neither term is intended to be a synonym for laziness. They relate to pandemic fatigue, disengagement and burnout due to excessive workloads.

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