Entitlement is trendy as influencers bragged about cashing out with a work-life balance increasingly light on the work at their “lazy girl jobs.”
Fights for 15 and quiet quitting have led an increasing number of Gen Zers to believe that the bare minimum shouldn’t just be tolerated, but celebrated as well. Now, a self-employed TikToker’s anti-work mantra has sparked a growing social media trend of boasting about slacking all the way to the bank.
Gabrielle Judge, an influencer with over 145,000 followers, claimed to have coined the phrase and said in one video, “It’s called lazy jobs not because we’re being lazy. It’s an anti-hustle gig. Back in the day, you would be, like, the first one into the office and the last one to leave.”
“Everything that I’m talking about here is considered lazy if you compare it to the toxic corporate workplace expectations,” she argued
@gabrielle_judge Replying to @Daina Macdonald lazy girl jobs is not offensive. Its a term i coined to promote work life balance in the american hustle culture we live in today. Any one can partake in this workplace trend. Especially not just gen z. #lazygirljob #corporateburnout #overworkedandunderpaid #careeradvice ♬ original sound – Gabrielle
Her first mention of the term had come in May where she described, “a lazy girl job is something that you can basically quiet quit…there’s a lot of jobs out there where you could make like 60- to 80 [thousand], so like pretty comfortable salaries and not do that much work and be remote.”
@gabrielle_judge Career advice for women who don’t know what remote job to apply to. You can bay your bills at not feel tired at the end of the day. Women are here to collect those pay checks and move on from the work day. We have so much more fun stuff happeneing in our 5-9 that is way more important than a boss that you hate. #corporatejobs #jobsearchhacks #remoteworking #antihustleculture #9to5 ♬ original sound – Gabrielle
Since then, the trend has picked up steam with others taking to social media to boast about how little they actually do while on the clock or the ways they try to game the system by copy and pasting their way through certain tasks.
“Lazy girl jobs are my favs, all I do is copy and paste the same emails, take 3-4 call a day, take my extra long break, take more breaks AND get a nice salary,” one user posted evidently from her work computer. Another bragged “I sit at a desk from 9-4 and post invoices in my own time and can read or watch Netflix or TikTok and get paid a decent hourly rate.”
Lazy Girl Jobs to do’s pic.twitter.com/Jf1nFot0Zd
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Of course, one stand-out difference between Judge, who noted the trend was not exclusive for girls, and those she was inspiring to take the low road to success was that she was evidently self-employed while the others were likely in violation of their company policies just for posting the videos on the clock, content notwithstanding.
As much time as those lauding the “lazy girl job” trend spend on social media, you’d think they would have taken notice of billionaire Elon Musk’s routing of the workforce after he purchased Twitter. Between employees not wanting to come into the office and those who were basking in lavish amenities, a team of 7,500 had been slashed down to around 2,000 with no readily apparent impact on the platform’s functionality.
More layoffs at Twitter as Elon Musk cuts another 200 – top lieutenant among casualties https://t.co/xnjXlbMYMV
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 27, 2023
Speaking with MailOnline, BeYourselfAtWork founder Liz Villani warned, “Anyone considering the ‘lazy girl’ attitude to work should think again, just because something is trending doesn’t mean it’s true or has substance. You should ignore the impetus to be lazy being spread on TikTok, assess what interests you professionally and find a role that engages and excites you and then be your best at it.”
Meanwhile, Professor Suzy Welch, who teaches management practice at NYU’s Stern School of Business, told CBY MoneyWatch, “There is a gigantic divide between how boomer bosses think about work and how their newest employees think about work. This is a situation where people are talking right past each other.”
She went on to contend the environment has changed and expressed, ‘The boss generation thought, ‘If I buy into the system and play the long game, I will be rewarded for it.’ Gen Z is saying, ‘If I buy into the system and play the long game, there is no guarantee I’ll be rewarded for it, so I’m not going to act like you. This sets up a lot of tension.”
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