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Fighting the 9-to-5 workday

The 40-hour workweek is facing a reckoning after a viral TikTok questioned how people have time for a personal life while working a full-time job. Brielle, the grad behind the video, told Insider it’s not about being entitled. Instead, she wants an open discussion about “reforming the work schedule.” Much of the internet agrees, with people questioning why we follow something established over 80 years ago. It’s all part of a wider upending of the workplace by Gen Z that’s long overdue.

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    THE ‘SOUL-CRUSHING’ 9-TO-5

    The long-standing custom of working a nine-to-five job is facing a reckoning on social media, with some users sharing their woes, including the hours they spend commuting and the little time they have left for themselves at the end of the day.

    A college graduate who just started her first job shared the shock and upset of working a 9-to-5

    A college graduate who just started her first job shared the shock and upset of working a 9-to-5

    A DESIRE FOR FLEXIBLE HOURS

    Some workers are pushing back on hustle culture and corporate life and seeking alternatives, such as four-day workweeks and greater work-life balance. Questioning the basics of how we've worked for decades could be a first step toward driving substantial changes.

    GEN Z’S IMPACT ON THE WORKPLACE

    From the four-day workweek, to the idea that a job should be about more than just a paycheck, younger workers are pushing the older generations in charge to make big changes.

    TIPS FOR SURVIVING A 9-TO-5

    Several TikTokers have acknowledged the pains of the 9-to-5 routine and are posting their own corporate survival guides.

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