• Joanne Jacobs

Bartleby is back


The Chinese called it "lying flat," until the government banned the term. The British prefer "quiet quitting." In the U.S., workers have become coasters, slackers and cyberloafers, writes Jack Kelly in Forbes.


They stay on the job, but do the minimum needed to get by. In an October, 2021 survey, 39 percent of workers said they were coasting, writes Kelly.


Working remotely apparently eroded adults' motivation. It's not just the kids who'v lost their mojo.


But it's not new: Herman Melville wrote Bartleby the Scrivener -- the worker who "preferred not to " work -- in 1853. Bartleby starved to death. He preferred not to eat either.

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