“Lazy Girl Job” is the new workplace trend going viral on TikTok. The term, originally coined by Gabrielle Judge, has already received over 12.2 million views.
But how beneficial is this new work trend?
Workplace well-being expert and CEO of Officeology, Adam Butler, has shared his thoughts on this new viral TikTok trend: “I can understand why people are getting behind this new workplace trend. The premise of the “Lazy Girl Job” is finding a job where you can put in minimal effort but receive maximum rewards – the dream for most employees, no doubt.
“I do believe this trend has some positives. Firstly, it highlights the ever-increasing need for employees to have a good work/life balance, which I believe is especially important for working parents.
“Spending as little time focusing on work and not bringing the day’s stress back home is crucial to ensuring a fulfilling life. Employers should create a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work/life balance.
“They could do this by introducing a flexible working system, similar to the 4-day working week, or simply giving employees time back, whereby they receive an hour or so of paid time within the working week to do whatever they like, whether it be going to the gym or spending time with their loved ones.
“Having said that, I believe this new trend’s name presents negative connotations. Just because employees want easier job roles does not make them necessarily lazy.
“For instance, I see nothing wrong in workers wanting less stress and pressure when it comes to their working day, but I think we need to be careful that this does not become stereotyped as these people being “lazy” or unskilled.
“The consequences of promoting “Lazy Girl Jobs” can negatively impact the roles associated with this trend. For instance, Gabrielle mentions roles such as marketing associates, account managers and customer success managers as particular roles that fit into the “Lazy Girl Job” category.
“However, these jobs still require expertise and hard work to complete. Therefore, generalising these as “Lazy Girl Jobs” can potentially take away the importance of these roles and, ultimately, the skills required to be carried out.
“This could lead to a hustle culture forming, which, ironically, is everything this new trend is trying to diminish. A hustle culture could form, especially amongst the younger generations, because companies could put added pressure on younger employees. Moreover, employees may feel they need to prove they are hard-working and not “lazy” due to being stereotyped under TikTok trends that pose negative connotations to character, such as the “Lazy Girl Job”.”