'Lazy girl jobs' go beyond Gen Z, experts say

"Lazy girl jobs" is among the phrases related to the workplace that have gained traction in recent years.   

The phrase, coined by 26-year-old TikToker Gabrielle Judge last spring, refers to the desire for jobs that require minimal effort while providing a good salary and work-life balance.

"A 'lazy girl job' does not mean that you're being lazy," Ms. Judge previously said in a social media video. "It's that this job should be paying your bills and have so much work-life balance that you should feel as almost you're operating in a lazy state."

The phrase is among other workplace terms that have gained traction in recent years, such as "grumpy staying," "quiet quitting" and "bare minimum Mondays." Members of Generation Z in entry-level jobs have often coined these phrases. And a study conducted by Axios and the research firm the Generation Lab found that 82 percent of millennials and Generation Z said "quiet quitting" — a phenomenon in which employees reduce their enthusiasm at work and stick to the minimum expectations of their role — is appealing.

However, Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, PhD, a professor of organizational behavior at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass., told Fortune the "lazy girl jobs" phrase may speak to other generations as well.

She also reminded human resources managers "that this is not necessarily that people aren't doing their job, or they aren't delivering for the organization. But it's just this notion: What does it mean, in an employee's mind, to go above and beyond? And if that's something that the organization wants to think about, how do they make the expectations clear in advance?"

Daena Giardella, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass., and a faculty affiliate of the MIT Leadership Center, told Fortune, "It's important to look at this as a social message that's not about laziness but really about people wanting to have full lives and feel like they do have meaning and can have time for either their own personal fulfillment or creativity." 

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