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In the wake of the quiet quitting craze — which has inspired overworked millennials and Gen Zers to unburden themselves by doing the bare minimum in the office — a scheduling-savvy TikToker is now schooling rest-seeking staffers on how to get paid while taking off more than a month’s worth of days from the grind. 

“How to get 46 days off using 18 days of PTO,” reads the in-text headline of a viral video shared by @Fandomfanboi. His informative clip is based on a screenshot from social media user @Afashola_. 

The trending how-to, which has racked up a staggering 9.5 million views and is stamped with hashtags #CorporateTikTok and #PaidLeaveForAll, features a thorough breakdown that advises laborers to request specific days off from their jobs in January, April, July, November and December 2023. 

“January 2023: If you take the Thursday and Friday before MLK Day off, you’ll get 5 consecutive days off,” the list explains.

“April 2023: If you take the four days before Good Friday off you’ll have a ten day break,” it continues. 

The note goes on to instruct exhausted employees to take off the Monday before July 4 for a four-day break, and to call out of work “5 days after Veteran’s Day and 3 days before Thanksgiving” to enjoy a 17-day respite in November.

And as the cherry on top to a year spent reveling in paid time off, the directive urges workers to go on sabbatical during the four days between Christmas and New Year’s in order to gain 10 consecutive days of uninterrupted comfort and joy. 

Many on TikTok were thankful for the trending time-off trick.
Many on TikTok were thankful for the trending time-off trick.
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“This is so clever,” said Fandomfanboi, making a cameo appearance in his popular post. “I just wanted to share it with you because I think that we should all be taking more breaks and getting paid for them.”

And his grateful gang of more than 33,000 TikTok followers agreed. 

“This is the kind of content I can appreciate,” cheered a commentator.  

“Everyone who can do this ABSOLUTELY SHOULD,” encouraged another, in part. 

However, a number of unlucky hirelings groaned over the fact that many companies and industries don’t offer such generous scheduling flexibilities. 

“Some companies restrict you to taking off around a holiday only once,” noted a naysayer.

Several disgruntled employees argued that certain employers penalize staffers for taking too many days off from work.
Several disgruntled employees argued that certain employers penalize staffers for taking too many days off from work.
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“18 days? Who gets 18 days of PTO? I’m lucky to get 5. Most people get none,” argued another. 

“My job [docks our pay] for two days or if we take time off right before the holidays,” another moaned. 

But other online onlookers claimed that they’ve been using the viral scheduling hack for years. 

“I do this for every holiday, lol,” cackled a longtime user. 

“I was a schemer with all of my jobs and always planned a few days off around free days,” joked another. “It was chess.”

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