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TikTok Users Offer Advice on Coping with the 9-to-5 Routine

S.J. Steinhardt
Published Date:
Nov 30, 2023

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In response to some young social media users posting about the stress of the 9-to-5 routine in the past year, others have been posting advice about coping skills, Business Insider reported. 

A woman calling herself Brielle posted a TikTok video about her first job out of college, complaining that working 9 to 5 is so “caa-razy,” and how "I don't have time for anything, and I'm, like, so stressed out." Brielle struck a chord with viewers, garnering more than one million views and more than 27,700 comments. Many wrote in agreement and some shared their experiences. Some have called their jobs "soul-crushing," and "depressing," and say they feel like they're wasting their youth by being a "corporate drone."

In response to posts like these, several TikTok users have posted their own corporate survival guides, Business Insider reported.

One Tiktok user suggested that her viewers delete Microsoft Teams, Slack, and emails from their  personal phones. "You don't realize the damage you're doing to yourself when you're checking all of those as if they're social media apps," she said. "Before you know it, your whole identity will be work." 

Another advised her viewers to work only the required hours and taking lunch breaks away from their desks.

Career coach Tim Whitehead posted a video on how to work a 9-to-5 job without becoming suicidal. “You need to leave that job before you even get to that point” was one of the pearls of wisdom he dispensed. “You gotta get out of those entry level jobs” was another. How to do that?  “You need to move up to leadership or become a specialist in the company.”

Jessica Ollerenshaw posted a video in which she recommended that her viewers go for a walk, stretch their legs, chat with colleagues during breaks, and taking screen breaks every 45 minutes to an hour.

Young people are dissatisfied with their jobs because they feel as if  their work lacks meaning or purpose, and they're simultaneously postponing the joy and fulfillment that comes from their personal lives, said Suzy Welch, a professor of management practice at the NYU Stern School of Business, in an earlier interview with Business Insider.

“People of every age are saying: 'Look, if there's one thing the pandemic taught me and dire world news teaches me is that life is short and fleeting and I want to make the most of it and I don't want to wait to feel good about myself or good about what I'm doing in the world,'" she said.