Forget quiet quitting – how to craft the role you want without anyone noticing

Have you ‘quietly crafted’ a new role? Many women who instead of ‘quiet quitting’, have crafted a job without anyone really noticing – altering their happiness levels and motivation.

The trick to doing this successfully, is ensuring that it doesn’t necessarily impact on daily working practices. But why should you craft rather than quit? And how can you get started?

Why job crafting can often be better than quiet quitting

The term ‘quiet quitting’ is often misinterpreted. If you are quiet quitting, you are not trying to leave your job. In fact, you’re not planning to underperform within your role, either. Quiet quitting refers to doing your job well, but not volunteering to go above and beyond and take on more work than is feasible. 

The concept of ‘job crafting’ encourages you to find new ways to be content at work, even if it means looking for creative outlets or career-development opportunities outside of your role or the company itself.

Finding opportunities to build new skills and parlay those into a new role within your current organisation is a great strategy if you truly enjoy your company culture but feel stuck in your current job.

Making a shift to a different type of role is often easier to do at your current company than if you tried to make the same leap in the job market, as you’ve already established your professional reputation with your current employer. 

Four ways you can craft the role you want, without quiet quitting

So how can you craft the role you want, without needing to quiet quit? Careers expert at TopCV, Amanda Augustine shares her four tips.

1) Make “intra-networking” a priority

The more effort you put into getting to know your colleagues – especially those who work in other areas of the company — the more likely you are to uncover new opportunities to stretch your talents, learn new skills, and challenge yourself in ways your current position doesn’t allow.

In addition, networking within your organisation will help you uncover opportunities to connect with different types of mentors and advisors, increase your visibility with senior management, further develop your areas of expertise, and improve your soft skills.

2) Get involved

Find out if your company has any committees or programmes in place in which you could participate. For example, does your company have any corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes or philanthropic initiatives with which you could help? I

s there a social committee or culture committee that needs volunteers for its activities? Does your organisation participate in any corporate challenges or athletic events? If your company doesn’t have such programmes or activities in place, you could volunteer to lead one or focus on something smaller within your department to start. 

3) Seek fulfilment elsewhere

If there’s a skill you’d love to hone but it’s not possible to do so within your company, consider focussing on career development opportunities outside of your organisation. For example, is there a professional association you could join, a webinar you can attend, or a free or low-cost online course you could take?

If you wish for a creative outlet that your current position doesn’t offer, why not sign up for a drawing, writing, or other artistic course you can take after work or on the weekends? Remember, your job is only one facet of your life. It’s important and time-consuming, of course, but it doesn’t have to be the be all and end all for seeking happiness and fulfilment.

It’s alright to explore avenues outside of your current position – via networking groups, courses or independent studies, or even a side hustle – to improve your sense of fulfilment without quitting your job.

4) Bring your passions to the office

Look for ways to provide value to the organisation that have nothing to do with your regular job. Think about the activities and organisations you enjoy participating in outside the office – how can you use those interests to be a positive role model within your company? This could mean volunteering to be captain of the company’s football team or exploring mentoring opportunities with junior staff.

Or perhaps you love photography or yoga and would be willing to teach a class. By finding ways to bring your passions into the office, you add value to your company and actually benefit your career at the same time!

So long as these activities don’t negatively impact your team or your individual job performance, your manager shouldn’t have an issue with you becoming better acquainted with your colleagues and the inner workings of the organisation, pitching in where you can, and enriching the company culture with your passions. 

Have you ‘quietly crafted’ a new role? Many women who instead of ‘quiet quitting’, have quietly crafted a job without anyone really noticing – altering their happiness levels and motivation.

Amanda Augustine is a careers expert for TopCV, the world’s largest CV-writing service, and a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) & Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).