Move Over Quiet Quitting, New Trend: ‘Acting Your Wage’

Sometimes, the tiniest sparks can ignite the most significant flames of change. In employment, a growing trend has emerged where workers are taking bold stands and leaving their jobs for what might seem like the smallest of reasons.

This phenomenon challenges the traditional notion of unwavering loyalty to a job and underscores the increasing awareness of workers regarding their worth in the workplace.

One recent incident, where an employee quit working at Subway after only three days because they were asked to pay for their uniform, is a powerful example of this trend.

The ‘Acting Your Wage’ Movement

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The rise of what’s now known as the “acting your wage” movement can be traced back to 2022. While it shares similarities with the “quiet quitting” concept, its core philosophy is to adhere strictly to the job’s requirements and not go above and beyond.

If an employer attempts to impose additional responsibilities, employees are encouraged to stand their ground or, if necessary, leave without notice.

The driving force behind this movement is the realization among workers that they deserve to be valued for their contributions. When they perceive that their employers are undervaluing their work or treating them unfairly, they’re increasingly willing to take action.

This shift is evident in the surge of unionization efforts nationwide and the plethora of quitting stories circulating on social media platforms

The Subway Saga: A Microcosm of a Wider Trend

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A recent video shared by someone who goes by Tyler’s handle has garnered significant attention. Tyler recounts various reasons for quitting jobs in the video, including her brief stint at Subway.

“I quit a job on my second day because they wanted me to come in at 5am,” she says. “I quit working at Subway after 3 days because they wanted me to pay for my own uniform. I quit a job in Ghirardelli Square because there was no parking. I was a housekeeper and I quit because it was too much cleaning.”

Tyler’s experience isn’t an isolated incident. Numerous similar quitting tales have surfaced on online platforms. Some left jobs after just one day because they were denied breaks, while others quit during their first shift after witnessing the unhappiness of their colleagues.

These stories illustrate a growing trend of employees refusing to compromise their self-worth for a paycheck.

The Power of Employee Voices

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The comments section of Tyler’s video is a testament to the changing dynamics of the workforce. Many viewers supported her decision, emphasizing the importance of recognizing one’s worth.

One commenter noted, “This generation knows their worth, and the other generations don’t like that!”

Another echoed this sentiment: “These jobs are full of people that think they can take advantage of you your whole life.”

These stories are a powerful reminder that employees today are no longer willing to tolerate mistreatment or undervaluation. They assert their rights and stand up for their dignity, one resignation at a time.

Things to Do When You’re Undervalued At Work

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Observing Coworkers & Managers

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  • Assess how often your coworkers receive recognition or praise from managers.
  • How managers react to comments and suggestions in meetings, presentations, and communications.

Asking for Feedback

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  • Seek feedback from a trusted colleague to gain an unbiased perspective on your role.
  • Consider developing strategies, including setting boundaries or meeting with your manager, based on the feedback received.

Speaking to Your Manager

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  • Request a meeting with your manager to discuss your feelings of being undervalued.
  • Ask for a job performance assessment and seek regular feedback.
  • Collaborate with your manager to set goals and strategies for improvement.

Preparing for Action

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  • If you conclude that you are undervalued, prepare for action.
  • Jot down your thoughts and consider the personality of the person you’ll be addressing.
  • Develop solutions and communicate based on the person’s leadership style—emotionally or factually.

Principles to Remember

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Here are some things to remember:

Things to Do

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  • Seek a second opinion to gauge realistic expectations for appreciation from colleagues.
  • Praise and appreciate others’ contributions to foster a positive workplace culture.
  • Find ways to make your work more visible.

Thing Not to Do

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  • Neglect the need for self-validation; reflect on your achievements regularly.
  • Hoard credit for your team’s successes; acknowledge everyone’s contributions.
  • Stay in a job or company that doesn’t value you longer than necessary; consider your worth.


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