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“Quiet friting”, “conscious quitting”… These English concepts that we do not understand


Like other Anglicisms, they flourish in professional jargon without anyone knowing what they really mean. What is hidden behind the “-ing” concepts?

A quarter.

This is the proportion of French people who say they understand and speak English.

And yet, many more people use terms and formulas from the language of Shakespeare.

Or rather, should we say, "Globish", this very simplified form of American English, frequently used among non-English speakers.

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So they say, especially in the professional environment:

“I decided to work in full-remote”


“the workshop takes place at 3 p.m.”

, or even

“I advise you to brainstorm”


So many expressions that are tending to make their way into everyday language, as well as different “-ing” concepts.

The latter, with a cloudy form and sometimes dubious meaning, are observed more and more.

What exactly do they mean?

quiet quitting

Coming straight from the United States via social networks, "quiet quitting", which can literally be translated as "silent resignation", describes the professional disengagement shown by certain employees who say they are subject to " hustle culture” (“culture of toxic productivity”).

Definition: it is a new philosophy of work in a company which consists in not making one's profession the central point of one's existence.

It is then a question of offering only the bare minimum of one's abilities to one's employer.


By scrupulously respecting his working hours, never accepting additional tasks, such as answering a call once his day is over, or even helping a colleague.

Conscious quitting

After “quiet quitting”, which consists of distancing oneself from one's job, “conscious quitting” has appeared.

As explained to Le


Justin Longuenesse, founder of a consulting company in ecological transition, this phenomenon is due to the departure of employees considering that their values ​​no longer coincide with those of their employer.

This phenomenon of "conscious resignation" occurs in particular among the youngest, at least among those whose concerns are linked to environmental issues.

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Quiet firing

Lately, dishonest employers have been told that they tend to practice “quiet firing”… What does that mean?

Refusing a raise, a request for leave, or removing responsibilities from someone who works for you can be interpreted as a “silent dismissal” strategy.

In other words, it is a question of pushing an employee to resign without having to dismiss him - and thus avoid having to pay him compensation.


It is certainly not in the La Défense business district that “greendesking” is practiced.

Similarly, it is rarely in winter that you will come across “greendeskers”.

A sort of improved telework, which could literally be translated as “green office”, “greendesking” consists of leaving your accommodation in town to work remotely, always, but outdoors.

Near a meadow, at the edge of a wood, on the edge of a river… The field of possibilities opens up to the “greendesker”, provided that a stable connection to the network allows it.

For this, some employees do not hesitate to stay in a lodge or other establishment allowing them to go green.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-31

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