I recently heard the term “quietly quit”.
Also known as inertia or disengagement, it refers to the idea that instead of giving up your job altogether, you stop going further. No more showing up early, staying late, or offering to help others with tasks that are outside of your direct responsibilities.
While not a new concept, the phenomenon and the use of the term seem to be especially widespread now, in the wake of the pandemic, as people reassess what is really important to them.
At Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, our goal is to never let our students and staff reach a point where they want to quit. We do this for our students by preparing them for careers instead of jobs. You may be wondering, “What’s the difference?”
A career is an occupation born of passion and the desire for continued growth.
Careers satisfy and sustain people while supporting their families or personal endeavors. Most importantly, they offer dignity. According to Patrick Lencioni, author and co-founder of The Table Group, an organizational health movement, dignity in the workplace is the right mix of performance, or what you do, and humanity, or who you are. A job, on the other hand, is simply a place of employment. Sometimes it can provide immediate gratification, but rarely long-term satisfaction.
Eastland-Fairfield Notebook:The focus for the new school year is to re-engage students
The instructors and teachers at Eastland-Fairfield not only teach our students the skills they need to be successful in their chosen profession, but they also teach them what it means to have the right mindset in the workplace. We connect students with mentors and the tools to further develop their skills and careers after they graduate from our high school or adult programs.
Our ultimate goal is for our students to do something that positively impacts their community, clients, or patients, but most importantly, to do something that matters to them.
Lencioni echoed this in a recent podcast saying that for people to feel worthy in their work, they need to be able to see the results of their efforts. Those who are most successful are those who “win” or advance while also inspiring others.
So whether you’re a high school student or an adult learner looking to improve your skills or change careers, what will you pursue, a career or a job? If it’s a career you’re looking for, I encourage you to explore all we have to offer on your journey to success at EastlandFairfield.com.
Kimberly Pietsch Miller is the superintendent of Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools.