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The modern workplace is undergoing a profound transformation. This evolution is driven by various factors, but one of the most significant changes is the prioritization of employee wellbeing. This can be seen in a recent emerging workplace trend known as the “Snail Girl Era.” In this new TikTok-driven era, young employees are shifting from the traditional “always on” work culture to a more balanced and mindful approach.

For a moment let’s suspend our perspectives on these highly problematic terms being used. First, these trends are by no means gendered “Girl Boss” (i.e. Girl Bosses are actually just bosses). Second, the language being used insinuates a lack of effort (i.e., “Snail Girl” or “Lazy Girl”), versus the intent which is about putting purpose behind your effort. Instead, let’s focus on how to enable organizations to react to the employee voices being shared around these trends.

In a time when the “Snail Girl Era,” “Lazy Girl Jobs” and “Bare Minimum Mondays” dominate headlines and social media feeds, managers and HR leaders must understand what “Snail Girl Era” and similar culture trends mean for employees and how to meet employees in the space where these worlds collide, in our workplaces.


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