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Allison Schrager, Alexis Leondis, and Erin Lowry

Lie Flat Is Here. Is It Changing the Labor Market?

As more people leave their jobs to retire early, switch careers or just take a rest, decision-making about career paths and life priorities is getting more complicated.

 

Inflation could be the death of the Lie-Flat movement.

Inflation could be the death of the Lie-Flat movement.

Photographer: Jewel Samad/AFP

Lie Flatters, beware: Inflation is making it riskier to take a break from your job. The 'Lie Flat' labor protest movement originated in China as a backlash against escalating workplace demands. It quickly spread around the world, evolving into a reassessment of priorities and lifestyles in a stressed-out, pandemic-weary society. While the trend has been most closely associated with burned-out millennials, it's merged of late with the Great Resignation, which has seen workers of all ages leaving their jobs, retiring or switching careers. Three Bloomberg columnists gathered on Twitter this week to discuss the costs and benefits of dropping out, even temporarily. For some people, it may come down to choosing between wealth or health. Here are the lightly edited highlights of their conversation, moderated by Bloomberg Beta's Roy Bahat.

Bahat: What has been your perspective on the Lie Flat movement?