February 6, 2023

Can work, won’t work

Bitten by the quiet-quitting bug? Here are some early warning signs.

2 min read


Somebody asks you for your thoughts on the latest government policy and you realise that it’s been weeks since you thought about anything except Pathaan.


You spend more hours in a day curating your playlist of songs to work than you spend actually working.


You spent three days this week making a colour-coded work planner. You plan to spend the other two days making labels for the sheet.


You truly look forward to your coffee and tea breaks through the day. They bring you peace and quiet, and help you refocus. Sometimes they’re more than an hour long but who’s counting, right?


Your boss says there are no bad ideas at today’s brainstorming session, so you want to suggest cancelling the meeting. 

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You wonder why the new joinees have so much energy and enthusiasm. You want to give them work at 5 pm on a Friday with a Monday morning deadline.


You spend time looking for new jobs, while on the clock at your current job.


Some people go to conferences to network, others go to learn. You go for the food and gossip.


You no longer want time off work. Instead, your next career move is to be a monk in the Himalayas.

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Debojit Dutta

Debojit Dutta is an editorial associate at IDR. He manages Ground Up, and is responsible for writing, editing, sourcing, and publishing content across IDR's various sections. He has previously worked in editorial roles with Sahapedia, The Quint, and The Sunday Guardian, and is a founding editor of Antiserious, a literary webzine. Debojit’s writings have appeared in publications such as Himal Southasian, Scroll.in, and The Wire.

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Tanaya Jagtiani

Tanaya is a writer and content manager at Noora Health. She was previously an editorial associate at IDR, where she managed Failure Files, in addition to writing, editing, curating, and publishing content. Tanaya holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA in Sociology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.