The United States is one of the most overworked countries in the developed world. While workers in countries like Germany work an estimated average of 1,350 hours per year, American workers log 1,750 hours annually.
Part of this can be attributed to Americans’ attitude toward work. In addition to working longer hours, Americans spend less of their days on average sleeping and performing leisure activities than other OECD nations. Additionally, while taking time off for whatever reason you want is accepted in some nations, many Americans report stress when considering asking for days off.
Per the BBC, “A 2018 study showed one of the biggest reasons US workers didn’t take time off was fear of being seen as replaceable.” This may be one of the reasons why less than half of American workers actually use all of their vacation days.
This high workload has some begging for jobs that allow them to simply do their work, then log off.
On TikTok, this has recently been dubbed a “lazy girl job”—a job that allows one to work, get paid, and enjoy life.
The idea was recently noted in a discussion-provoking video by TikTok user Gabrielle, who had previously connected the idea to quiet quitting. The video currently has over 60,000 views.
@gabrielle_judge All this talk about what is a lazy girl job. Look it is not aboit getting paid for not doing your job. Its about getting a career you can do your job at and then leave. No working overtime from peer pressure. No taking on growth opportunities to barely get a raise. Its all about true work life balance. I promise you can learn more on your own experiencing life and living #corporatejobstruggles #careerswitch #overworkedunderpaid #9to5 ♬ original sound – sam
In the caption, Gabrielle writes, “Look it is not [about] getting paid for not doing your job. Its about getting a career you can do your job at and then leave. No working overtime from peer pressure. No taking on growth opportunities to barely get a raise.”
“Its all about true work life balance,” she continued. “I promise you can learn more on your own experiencing life and living.”
While the idea of a “lazy girl job” is appealing, it can be easier said than done, especially if one is searching for a remote position. Those offering jobs can quickly become overwhelmed with applications, while those applying for remote positions can occasionally come to learn that the job in question is not actually remote.
For those in the comments section who actually do have a “lazy girl job,” many are thankful for them.
“Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for my lazy girl job,” wrote a user. “i don’t work outside of my hours. good life.”
“Me too,” echoed another. “im having a blast plus i can afford anything i want.”
The Daily Dot reached out to Gabrielle via email.
Update 6:30am CT June 7: In an email to the Daily Dot, Gabrielle noted that, since coming up with the term “lazy girl job” in January, it’s reached virality and inspired her to launch the “Lazy Girl Job Program.”
“The product helps people use AI and other efficient tools to apply for jobs at a fast rate,” Gabrielle explains.
“These types of jobs are interesting because we are seeing a huge shift in work life balance,” she continued. “A lot of employers don’t have raises and are still expecting long hours. Layoffs have become so popular. People are starting to realize a job is just a job.”
She further detailed what makes a job a “lazy girl job.”
According to Gabrielle, a “lazy girl job” is “safe, pays your bills, remote, has clear job responsibilities, has positive communication methods.”
“The misconception is that people aren’t doing their job,” she concluded. “That’s not true at all. A lazy girl job is to do your job efficiently, and then when the work is done, close your laptop, and go live your life. We no longer need to hustle at a job for hours on end to grow our career due to the rise of the internet.”