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Woman “Quiet Working” Earns Promotion, Raise, Stock Options

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BOSTON — It’s never easy going against the culture, but local woman Susan Walcott has done just that by “quiet working” her way to a promotion, earning a significant raise, stock options, three weeks extra PTO, and overall feelings of accomplishment, belonging, and purpose. “No one saw this coming,” said her company’s head of human resources Brian Locke, “Susan just kept her head down and worked. She was punctual, proactive, and attentive to client needs. She made helpful suggestions during our all-hands meetings and was the first to volunteer to help organize happy hour. And through it all, she never once brought attention to herself. She “quiet worked” her ass off, and we’re all the better for it.”

“There were signs that Susan was different,” says Walcott's manager Talitha Philips, “All without intentionally putting the spotlight on herself, she would do little things like physically come into the office, say good morning to co-workers and take an interest in their lives outside of work, and she’d always finish everything she had to do for the day before checking with her teams and signing off, you know, things you just don’t see anyone else doing. It’s been refreshing.”

It’s too early to say if “quiet working” is going to catch on among her peers, but Walcott says she sees a future where everyone quietly does their job.

At the sending of this newsletter, Walcott was seen polishing the 7-foot mahogany executive desk in her new corner office.


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