17 Apr 2023UpdateWhat even is this?'Bare Minimum Mondays' rethink work-life balance

Changing attitudes to work-life balance, the death of hustle culture and the fall of the girlboss have led to 'Bare Minimum Mondays' emerging as a way for people to take back control of their work schedules. As the culture of work shifts, new working norms see employees ease into the working week.

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‘Quiet quitting’ is out and ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ are in.

TikTok creator and startup founder Marisa Jo Mayes posted about easing herself into the working week by avoiding the pressure that comes with returning to work after the weekend, starting a new work trend thats allows people to better navigate work-life balance.

Enter ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ - a new work strategy that allows employees to gain working autonomy and combat burnout at the start of the week.

As people try to navigate work-life balance with hybrid working styles that suit new career norms, alleviating the pressures of a Monday to-do list lets people start their week off on the right foot.

Three key insights:
- The #bareminimummondays hashtag on TikTok now has more than 522 million views, a figure which is continuing to rise.
- A YouGov poll of more than 4,000 US adults found that 58% of Americans said Monday was their least favourite day of the week.
- 75% of working Americans say they experience the ‘Sunday Scaries’, but that these feelings are no longer restricted to only taking place on Sundays.

Extended reading:
📈 Younger workers are using ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ as a form of self-care that allows them to tackle burnout and exhaustion caused by the workplace.
📍 The latest work trend has come about as the labour market tightens and worker strikes rise.
🖇 Managers are tackling shifting work trends by encouraging downtime, using humour in work meetings and helping their teams to prioritise tasks.

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