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28th Oct 2023

Workers offer better shift pattern after woman brought to tears working first day of 9 to 5

What a way to make a livin’

Workers on the internet have been offering up better shift patterns to a woman who went viral after she posted a video crying about her first day in a 9 to 5 job.

The TikToker, who goes by the username @brielleybelly123 on the platform, shared a video to the platform with tears in her eyes asking the question: “How do you have time for your life?”

In the video, Brielle explains that she’s recently got her first 9-5 and her job is completely in person meaning she has to commute into “the city” which “takes forever”.

Brielle anticipated people in the comments to tell her to “move to the city” but there’s “no way” she could afford to move.

Brielle said that if she wants to get into work on time she has to take the train at 7.30am and only gets home at around 6.15pm at the earliest.


im also getting sick leave me alone im emotional ok i feel 12 and im scared of not having time to live

♬ original sound – BRIELLE

She said: “I don’t have time to do anything. I want to shower, eat my dinner, and go to sleep. I don’t time or energy to cook my dinner either. I don’t have energy to work out, like, that’s out the window.”

But now, the internet has suggested ways she could improve her work life balance by tweaking her shift patterns.

Someone said: “9-5 sucks. The earlier shifts are way better. I work 7-3 and it’s fantastic to have those two extra hours in the afternoon, and I would do 6-2 if I could.”

Another said: “Find a job really early like 4am to noon. That’s what I do. I leave work at lunch time. Better for my mental health.”

Others have pointed out that even a simple shift to an hour earlier of 8-4 provides a better work life balance.

Many people took to the comment section to side with Brielle with one writing: “The 40-hour work week is beyond outdated and your feelings are totally valid.”

Another wrote: “0-hour work week was designed with a homemaker to take care of house tasks. We need dual incomes now, so that’s not possible. No time for anything.”

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