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    Hottest Work Trend: Lazy Girl Jobs & More This Summer

    In American work culture, laziness is next to sinfulness. We’re taught that success takes hard work and that slacking off, like failure, is unacceptable. But in the years since 2020’s Covid lockdowns, the younger generations have been increasingly vocal in questioning the American ideal of work, from quiet quitting and the death of the dream job to this summer’s buzzy new trend: the lazy girl job.
    woman sleeping on her desk with post it notes stuck over her eyes
    What exactly is a ‘lazy girl job’? These are roles with great work-life balance, chill bosses, and livable salaries. Lazy girl workers are all about logging off at 5 p.m. on the dot and not answering emails off the clock. These jobs are low-stress and best done remotely. TikToks of lazy girl employees popping out for a quick afternoon walk or color-coding spreadsheets on the couch dominate my For You Page.
    The lazy girl trend is partly a reaction against the girlboss ideal of the 2010s that pushed women to overwork while also infantilizing us — but it’s not advocating for women to simply not work at all. To be perfectly clear, these workers are doing their jobs and not shirking responsibilities. But instead of romanticizing the hustle, they’re merely working so that they can live. And in a live-to-work culture like ours, that’s not as easy as they make it look.
    woman wearing pink business attire holding a mug that says like a boss
    As the lazy girl jobs trend has picked up steam, it’s been deeply misunderstood in the media. NYU professor Suzy Welch told CNBC that she thinks the trend is an attempt to avoid anxiety at all costs, blaming helicopter parents for creating ‘a bunch of 20-somethings who have never really had to make hard decisions or do very hard things.’ (Quick reminder that she’s talking about a generation who grew up doing active shooter drills in school and just lived through a pandemic, so I’m pretty sure they’ve done hard things, but go off I guess.)
    Others caution that those who embrace a chic and fashion-forward style may inadvertently be jeopardizing their career success. According to career expert Marc Cenedella, founder of the job search site Ladders, individuals who are perceived as lazy or lacking in professional skills may be the first to be laid off during challenging times. However, it is worth noting that even those who work diligently can still face layoffs. It is important for individuals to strive for a balance between their work and personal life.

    Gabrielle, who obtained a Computer Information Systems degree in 2019 and landed her ‘dream job’ right after, soon discovered the toll it took on her as she felt overwhelmed and unfulfilled. However, a life-altering concussion in 2021 prompted her to reevaluate her career and priorities.
    I realized what I thought was a dream job based on traditional standards was not in alignment with what I truly wanted. I started to notice a lot of the tactics corporations use to get you to tolerate the uncomfortable effects of not feeling valued and doing work that isn’t meaningful,
    As Gabrielle focused on her healing and sought out better work-life balance, she began noticing a particular type of job. “The lazy girl job trend came from a commentary on all the useless jobs that exist today. Those jobs are fine. I don’t have a problem with the job itself.”
    woman working remotely from her backyard overlaid with a tiktok comment that says I have a job like this and it's heaven
    My issue is with employers campaigning their employees into thinking their job is extremely important and should be the number one priority in our life. Gen Z is very aware of past generations and what corporate burnout can look like. We are looking for meaningful and efficient career opportunities where genuine communication is valued.
    And she explained that when she talks about chic and fashion-forward style, the ‘lazy’ part is tongue-in-cheek. ‘The ‘lazy’ part in lazy girl jobs was a parody on the current American hustle culture. If you compare everything I am talking about to the career expectations today, my message is considered lazy. I did that on purpose months ago to take back the power of the big media calling us lazy.’
    woman with her laptop in a lush tropical garden overlaid with a tiktok comment saying even when a girl is lazy she's doing more than most anyway so the backlash is manipulative
    I personally am not a lazy person. I work very hard and always strive to be chic and fashion-forward. I am a self-motivated individual who has been working since I was 14. I constantly inspire my audience to work hard, but only when they truly desire it and when they can fully enjoy the benefits of their efforts. We don’t engage in extra work simply labeled as a ‘learning opportunity’ by our bosses.
    Gabrielle also shared that this trend is not just for the girls. “Lazy girl jobs are not just for women. Only 70% of my community reports as female, so there are a ton of over-allied genders in the community.” People of all genders are tired, and lazy jobs offer the kind of balance that actually allows for recovery time.
    man working from home with his dog in his lap with a tiktok comment saying can I talk about my lazy boy job

    It’s also important to note that the consequences of posting about a lazy girl job could be even heavier for women of color and other groups that are underrepresented in the work place. LinkedIn Career Expert Andrew McCaskill explained, “For many people of color, there has always been a notion of having to work harder to obtain the same levels of recognition. Research from LinkedIn found 55% of Black professionals feel their talent is recognized by their managers vs 63% of white professionals, for example. People of color are often not afforded the privilege to be ‘lazy’ at work and are disproportionately impacted during times of economic pressure and uncertainty.”
    But although Gabrielle and her ‘lazy’ peers see a lot of faults in our current work culture, she’s optimistic for the future. ‘I believe career ladders are a thing of the past. Employers can’t hold their weight with company loyalty anymore. Pensions are no longer available, it’s difficult to find raises that match inflation, and social security is projected to be unavailable by 2033. We will see the explosion of career portfolios which are a blend of careers based on the individual employee’s personal interest. There is just so much opportunity for career portfolios through the rise of the internet and AI. I am really hopeful about the future of work!’
    man wearing a vr headset with a tiktok comment saying it's literally just work life balance and not having to be on fight or flight mode
    As for the naysayers, I hope they can all take some deep breaths and zoom out to see the bigger picture. Since Gen Z and millennials know that job-hopping is often our best shot at getting a pay bump, it’s likely that the folks currently holding lazy girl jobs will be moving on in a couple years or so anyway. This trend as we know it is not about to grind the workforce to a halt, and for many people, it’s a much-needed reprieve if they’re lucky enough to snag one of these coveted positions. Nobody spends their entire career at 110%, and people will always need ways to make a living without living to work.
    Now I’m curious: what is your opinion on this trend? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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