Apparently Dolly Parton’s hit song “9 To 5” didn’t clear things up enough for some people.
Working 9 to 5 is, shall we say, a “way to make a living,” but not everyone is apparently in agreement. Some younger people on social media have gone viral lately for their views on the modern day work life and work force – and the rude awakening that they’re getting.
We first saw one girl complaining about how she wasn’t making a salary of over $100K straight out of college, claiming that the experience she garnered getting a degree should have been the only experience all of these hiring jobs needed.
And now, we are seeing yet another young person wonder why no one else is protesting the traditional 9 to 5, 40 hour work week, saying that her weekdays are completely taken up by her profession.
How can I make the gesture representing the “world’s smallest violin” through text? I guess by saying what I just said, you get the message.
In the video, which is now going viral, the teary eyed woman opens up her heart and speaks into the camera, saying:
“I know I’m probably just being dramatic and annoying, but this is my first job, my first 9 to 5 job after college.
And I’m in person, and I’m commuting in the city and it takes me f**king forever to get there…
I get on the train at 7:30 and I don’t get home until 6:15 at the earliest, and then I don’t have time to do anything.
I want to shower, eat my dinner, and go to sleep. I don’t have time or energy to cook my dinner either, I don’t have energy to work out, that’s out the window…
The 9 to 5 schedule, in general, is crazy.”
Welcome to the workforce.
There will be a lot of people that won’t sympathize with her, so just to play devil’s advocate, she does make a couple of decent points. Commuting to and from work doesn’t technically count as the workday, though it is necessary, and takes up a lot of the day for some people.
Some have argued that you should be paid, or compensated for, the time it takes you to get to and from work, but then how do you keep track of that, and how can you make sure people are honorable?
There have also been some calls to shorten the 40 hour work week, though who knows if that will actually ever happen. The only thing we do know is that Gen Z would be pretty excited about a shortened work schedule.
No one really prepares you for the shitty aspects of adulthood and even if we did, the people who need to heed the warnings wouldn’t believe them anyway. This is just how it works. You figure out how to balance things along the way