Move over TGIF, there’s a new day of the week that’s gaining popularity among Gen Z workers — “Bare Minimum Mondays.” The idea is to prioritize mental health and wellness over work, making self-care the ultimate goal. By doing as little as possible on Mondays, young workers are pacing themselves and avoiding burnout from their otherwise stressful workweek.

The practice, like others such as “quiet quitting” and “rage applying,” may seem like just another example of the younger generation’s supposed laziness and entitlement. However, for many young workers, the idea of working a traditional 9-5 in a stuffy office with a rigid hierarchy just doesn’t cut it anymore. This practice reflects a shift in the values of society, where young workers seek more flexibility and control over their work/life balance to alleviate the stressful nature of their work.

Bare Minimum Mondays give employees the opportunity to focus only on the most essential tasks on Mondays, freeing up the rest of the week for more creative and fulfilling work. Proponents argue that by giving employees more control over their time and energy, they’ll be more productive and ultimately more satisfied with their work while simultaneously reducing the number of stressful work hours they experience.

While some managers worry that this approach will lead to a drop in productivity or set a bad precedent for the rest of the week, supporters maintain that allowing workers to start the week with a sense of control and purpose will better equip them to tackle more complex tasks later, leading to less stressful work conditions overall.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone will be on board with Bare Minimum Mondays. Managers and employers who are more seasoned in the workforce may view it as a sign of laziness and entitlement, potentially creating more stressful work environments for those who choose to participate in this trend. But the advocates contradict this statement by stating the necessity to prioritize mental health and wellness over stressful work conditions. Moreover, TikTok influencer Marisa Jo, who coined the term, explained that Bare Minimum Monday was her response to the overwhelming pressure she felt every Sunday for the upcoming Monday.

Therefore, the question is whether HR departments should embrace this TikTok-created workforce practice or if it should remain an undocumented practice among employees. Hence, Real Research, an online survey app, has launched a survey on ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ to explore people’s perspectives.

Key Highlights

  • Around 60% of respondents are well aware of the Bare Minimum Mondays concept.
  • Only 4% are against this concept being endorsed for the long run.
  • Nearly 45% support the practice of Bare Minimum Mondays.

Embracing the Zen of Doing Less

The survey data reveals that the concept of Bare Minimum Mondays is not new to nearly 60% of respondents in the workforce. That’s a solid majority who seem to be clued in on this trend. However, nearly 30% of respondents claimed they have only limited awareness, while a little over 12% reported being totally unaware of the subject.

Fig 1 Awareness of the concept and practice
Fig 1: Awareness of the concept and practice

What’s even more fascinating is how the respondents feel about this emerging work trend. The majority (over 17%) of the surveyed group reported feeling unsure about this practice. It’s understandable, given the ambiguity surrounding Bare Minimum Mondays and how it might impact their work routine.

But it’s not all uncertainty and doubt. A significant portion of the respondents (over 34%) feel positive about this trend. This group was divided into those who are curious (10.03%), empowered (8.42%), content (8.32%), comforted (8.31%), and optimistic (7.61%) about the trend. It’s interesting to see how, even with the ambiguity of this new practice, people still feel sanguine about it.

No Room for Negativity

After surveying respondents on their thoughts about Bare Minimum Mondays, we found that the vast majority are in favor of this workplace practice. In fact, only 4.01% of those surveyed felt that employers should not endorse it, while 5% were unsure. The remaining 30.45% chose to stay neutral, leaving a whopping 50% in support of the practice. Of these, 24.10% felt that employers should definitely endorse it, while 25.93% felt they should at least probably endorse it.

Fig 2 Employers endorsing the practice in the long run.
Fig 2: Employers endorsing the practice in the long run.

These results highlight a growing trend toward prioritizing mental health and well-being over endless productivity. It’s clear that many people see Bare Minimum Mondays as a way to reduce the risk of burnout and work-related stress. In fact, 20.12% of respondents acknowledged this fact.

However, there are still some concerns about this practice. While the majority of respondents are hopeful that Bare Minimum Mondays will enrich their well-being, 21.69% worry that it might lead to procrastination and reduced productivity.

Overall, it’s clear that Bare Minimum Mondays is a popular workplace trend that many people believe can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being. While there are some concerns about its potential impact on productivity, the majority of respondents believe that employers should embrace this practice in the long term.

Celebrating Minimalism and Simplicity

With the data collected from the respondents, it is quite evident that this TikTok-generated trend is gaining traction rapidly. The survey shows that 45% of respondents were in favor of this new trend, while 25.18% opposed it, and 30.29% were undecided.

Fig 3 Respondents' stance on the Bare Minimum Mondays trend
Fig 3: Respondents’ stance on the Bare Minimum Mondays trend

Additionally, when asked what other workplace trends could promote a stress-free yet productive workforce, respondents were eager to share their ideas. The majority (25.67%) voted for Feedback Fridays, where employees can provide and receive constructive feedback on their work without hesitation on a designated day of the week. Another popular trend was Flex Fridays, with about 12% of respondents in favor of a day with flexible work schedules and dress codes.

Incurring from the findings, it’s clear that employees are interested in new and innovative ways to increase productivity and reduce stress in the workplace. With a majority of respondents supporting Feedback Fridays, employers should consider incorporating this trend into their workplace culture to boost morale and promote growth. The rise of Flex Fridays also reflects a shift in people’s mindset and the belief that productivity can happen beyond traditional work hours.

The survey results demonstrate that employees are looking for creative ways to enhance their work experience and that employers should be open to these new ideas. Who knows what other exciting trends will emerge in the future?


Survey TitleSurvey on ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’
DurationMarch 19 to March 26, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.