Going to work early in the morning and only returning in the evening – how are you supposed to have a private life? This question drives a TikTok user to despair. Her video is controversial on social networks.
Brielle’s teary face can currently be seen all over social networks. The young woman from the USA published an emotional video on TikTok in which she talks about her first job – and how overwhelmed she is by entering working life.
This is her first full-time job after college. Brielle can’t seem to cope with the change: “I don’t have time to do anything anymore,” she complains through tears. “All I want to do is shower, eat and sleep. I don’t even have the time or energy to cook something or exercise.” She asks all more experienced professionals the question: “How do you have time for anything?”
TikTok user no longer has time for her private life
For her, it’s not so much about the time she spends at work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s the commute to work that really gets on her nerves: Since she commutes to the office, she has to leave the house at 7:30 a.m. and doesn’t come back until after 6 p.m. It seems completely unclear to her how she’s supposed to have a private life: “How are you supposed to have friends, how are you supposed to get to know a man?”
A question that many people starting their careers ask themselves – because the transition from life as a student to everyday working life, which often takes up almost the entire day, is anything but easy. It’s not for nothing that there’s a lot of talk about work-life balance, which plays an important role, especially for younger employees: They don’t want to let work dictate their entire lives, but instead want to have time for their work in addition to a job that is ideally fun have their own hobbies and private life. Many people who have been in the job for a long time and have been socialized with a different attitude have less understanding of this.
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This conflict is also reflected in the reactions to Brielle’s video. Some agree: They also have the feeling that work robs them of the time to live. The 40-hour week model is “outdated,” says one user. More and more people are thinking this way, and not just in the USA: According to the Federal Statistical Office, 27 percent of part-time employees in Germany do not want to work full-time at all. In the survey, this was the most frequently cited reason for a part-time job. In a survey of workers in 34 countries, 58 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 agreed with the statement: “I would quit a job if it prevented me from enjoying my life.”
But people are also making fun of Brielle’s video: The young professional shouldn’t complain about a normal working week – after all, this is the everyday life of the vast majority of people. Some people boast that they still work significantly more than 40 hours a week. Prominent voices – some from politics, often from business – are also critical of the young generation’s attitudes towards work.
By the way, TikToker Brielle makes it a point to say that her frustrated video has nothing to do with her employer. Instead, in a later post she draws a comparison to Greek mythology. She feels like Sisyphus: “It’s like rolling the same stone up the mountain every day and still achieving nothing.”