By now, you’ve probably heard the term “bare minimum Mondays.” Similar to “quiet quitting,” the trend, coined by TikToker Marisa Jo Mayes, encourages workers to pull back from their heavy workloads to avoid burnout — however that looks for them. Understandably, conversations about not doing work on the clock can make human resources pros bristle.
But are “bare minimum Mondays” at odds with good workplace culture?
In my attempts at stunt journalism, I wanted to have a bare minimum Monday to write from. But I kept running into a conundrum: as a full-time journalist, you don’t get bare minimum Mondays.