Company employee says 9-to-5 work culture is ‘exhausting’

There’s an old saying that if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life. The concept of work and all the stress, anxiety and boredom that comes with it seems to be a uniquely human problem in the animal kingdom. Beavers seem excited to build any dam they come across, and while no tiger can comment on this, zoologists say they genuinely love to hunt, kill and eat deer.

When it comes to humans, over thousands of years we have evolved a series of complex systems that never seem to give us relief. And TikToker Julia Huynh (@jigglyjulia) touches on an issue many have openly discussed on social posts: a growing disenchantment with corporate life.

“I’ve literally had my first job at a company for six months and I’m ready to quit,” Huynh says in the video. She makes it clear how nice her job is and that she loves her colleagues.

“If you take it at face value, it’s great,” she continues. “What I hate the most is the fact that it’s been six months and I literally feel like nothing has happened in the last six months.”

Huynh says she works Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, although she honestly says some days it’s more like ‘8am to 5 or 5 to 5’.

“On Friday I’m so exhausted that I can’t do anything at the weekend,” says Huynh. “Something has to change in this work culture, because the same doesn’t cut it.”

Huynh says she’s “not going to spend my whole life working for forty years and then one day I wake up and I think about it and I’m like, wow, it’s been forty years and I’ve literally done nothing.”

“The only caveat to quitting this job is I won’t have any money, so how am I supposed to live, what am I supposed to do, I don’t understand,” she concludes.

@jigglyjulia Quarterlife Crisis Alert #corporate #job #fulltimejob ♬ Original sound – Julia Huynh

The Daily Dot has emailed Julia for further comment.

Growing unrest among the US workforce came to a head during the COVID-19 pandemic with massive labor shortages leaving millions of vacancies across the country unfilled. While many industries have reportedly resolved their staffing issues, there have been conflicting reports as to the veracity of such claims.

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, more than 47 million Americans will quit their jobs in 2021. Business Wire also wrote in October 2022 that many U.S. retailers are still scrambling to adequately staff their stores ahead of the holiday season. Forbes confirmed this assessment a month later in its own post ahead of Black Friday.

However, there were some retailers who appear to have recovered from the labor shortage better than others. CNN reported in December 2021 that Target wasn’t badly hit by a staff shortage, though anecdotal reports from individual buyers say otherwise. Walmart and a host of other retail stores also said they were overstaffed in May 2022, but that still leaves the question of 10.7 million vacancies in June of the same year.

With all the talk about labor shortages, it comes as a surprise that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate is a very low 3.7%.

There’s also a benefit to so many Americans quitting their jobs: Companies have been raising salaries and hourly wages, with some offering sign-on bonuses and perks for people willing to work. There are also a number of social media users/influencers who encourage people who feel stuck in dead-end jobs with no opportunity for advancement that “running the competition” is the path to advancement.


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*Initial publication: January 14, 2023 1:43 pm CST

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