My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer 3 years into his retirement at 65. He was previously in good health and received a handsome payout from the government’s retirement fund. He could finally afford to take my mom to see the world as she’d always dreamed. Now he stumbles his way to the bathroom to vomit while my mom cleans everything up and makes sure he eats enough to not starve to death before his inevitable death from the cancer in a few months.

He was a loyal government employee as a professor for more than 40 years and this is his reward. I’m not one to get emotional but this gets me tearing up every time I think about it.

As tragic as it is it’s not anyone’s fault but reality. Reality doesn’t know or care about my dad. Random genetic mutation is to blame for his premature death and no one could have done anything whatsoever to prevent it.

What people could have done is not pay him like a slave for his decades long outstanding contributions to society. All the accolades and trophies they awarded him collecting dust on the shelf mean nothing at this point. What would have really made a difference is remuneration that fits his worth to the thousands of lives he’s mentored and inspired.

Instead the market gave him the peanuts it perceives his worth to be, and it breaks my heart. The market was wrong. He used a skill he had to the best of his ability and produced thousands of people making six and more figures today: doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants, computer scientists and programmers. For God’s sake he wrote the grade report program the school uses to this day for free!

If the world doesn’t recognise the inspiring figure that was my father, I hope you guys here will raise a glass to a man who left his mark to change the world for the better.


micromanaging remote work

*** idk why people are down voting, you must have the control kink as well

worked at a fortune 500 company, providing server & network admin for a well known fast food company.
I left that due to being overworked/under appreciated and ended up finding a job with a $2 pay decrease, but ANYthing to get out of my situation at the time was great. The interview went great, nailed the job. They provided NICE equipment, better than what I had gotten from my previous company which could not even provide laptops to keep up with my workload. That is another story… But the equipment, the communication, their punctuality.. It made me think I landed a GREAT job. I was so wrong!!

The first day, after not even 2 min of saying hello, we were required to have our cameras on. Keep in mind, this is a 5 week training class, 8 hours a day, fully remote. I have never in my remote work career, had to have my cam on for anything, I thought it was super odd and hoped they would let us turn them off after the first day or even after introductions.
cams were required to stay on, you were NOT allowed to use a background in teams to cover anything behind you, and you had to be centered with your full head in the frame. This shocked me, I obtained a note stating a disability therefore I was able to turn mine off. It was giving me severe anxiety and frequent panic attacks by being watched by 20 people daily!
Then, they started to make people stretch on camera at their desk, and if you said brb to go get water, go to restroom and want some privacy?
your camera has to stay on as you get up from your desk in your OWN HOME, and then stay on as you get back from wherever you went.
Micromanaging at its finest. note to self: avoid hospital IT work, they are psychotic and seem to have a control kink


Employer wants me to return to my old job because everyone is quitting. They offered no compensation. (CA). Could use some advice.

I got a promotion at work 2 years ago. This promotion is a totally new job and lets me work from home. Company calls me on Friday and says they want me to do my old job again . They offered no compensation, and no end date. Just two days before this request I signed a job description and a performance evaluation . I asked them for a raise and because the whole company is in union vote, they wouldn’t even have the conversation with me. Now they want to change my job right before a union vote. Is there a way for me to say no? Can they fire me for that? I need some advice. They tell me it’s temporary, they tell me I can do the additional work from home. I just don’t trust them at all. Help? I’m in CA.


No Response

I am appalled at the lack of response I get from job posters after applying for jobs through LinkedIn. I have 13 years of sales experience, with a successful record of exceeding goals. I also, have a promotion into a managerial role, and excellent references.

I was laid off from my previous position due to lack of inventory and I’ve been applying my ass off for 3 months now. Although I’ve had a few interviews, the application/response ratio is probably less than 10%, which is concerning.

Does LinkedIn ad some layer of screening that I don’t know about? Like maybe my resume doesn’t contain the right wording or something? Also, if the positions posted aren’t really hiring or are already filled, shouldn’t it be considered false advertising or something . Anyone else experiencing this, and feeling as frustrated as me? Those who got around it, how did you do it?


I literally hate this so much

I moved to more affordable housing in early June and had to quit my job because of it. I’m a full-time college student so I’ve mostly been applying to low-level management positions at fast food restaurants.

it is now mid-july and I’m still unemployed. My entire financial aid refund for this summer semester went to bills.

I’ve been ghosted by so many places I’ve lost count; one place said I had the job once my background check came through but never put me on the schedule despite my follow-ups . I found that position available again on indeed not long ago.

Today I had a job interview. I got there 20 minutes early and let a manager know I was ready when she was. Over an hour later, she still hasn’t come to interview me. Then I hear her leaving a message to another manager on the phone asking them to come in and interview me instead. I get being understaffed and I’m desperate so I gave it a bit more time.

After an hour and a half, I was done. I’m not wasting my day away waiting for an interview for a job that won’t pay a living wage anyway.

I’m so done with this bs system.


My roommate’s boss asked her to come in the day after her surgery so he could have time off

My roommate works in a town about 2 hours away during the summer, so she hasn’t been living with me. Our lease ends this week, so she took time off for her wisdom tooth surgery, and a couple days after to come up and move her stuff to a storage unit, for a total of 6 days. She was recently moved up to a shift supervisor at her job, but this time off was requested after her surgery date was scheduled . Her boss told her that someone couldn’t come in on the day after her surgery and it would be “thoughtful” if she could come in and work the shift. She told him maybe and she would see how she’s feeling. Currently, she is in town on lots of pain medications and only 4 days removed from the surgery. Her recovery has been rough to say the least. She has been exerting herself a lot with moving especially considering she’s in pain. Her boss texted her and asked if she could get her moving done in one day because he “never gets time off.” He also asked if a family member or her bf could do the moving for her so she could work. I told her to join this subreddit and go get a new job 😀

TLDR: My roommate got her wisdom teeth out and her boss tried to guilt trip her into coming in the day after so he could have time off.


Been putting off asking my boss about a raise now it’s too late

Same old story , someone from our office left last September and I took on all his work. I spoke to my boss last year and he said would sort in April in new financial year. Things happened and needed to take but of time off to look after my Ill father and other bits so every time I was going to ask for a raise something came up.

Last few weeks nothing has come up and I find out that the company is planning to lay off some staff due to a loss of a contract.

I work 5 days a week, I am salaried so don’t get a penny more for working extra which I always do. I am on call 24/7 now , I deserve a raise but now I’m fearful for my job I dare not ask

Sorry it’s not the justice boner that everyone likes on here but just wanted to give a cautionary tale.

Definitely on the look out for another job.


My wife’s(home health nurse) boss cleared her schedule and want to have a meeting.

TLDR: My wife is a home health nurse, got into a disagreement about scheduling on clients she has seen daily for this company for 7 years. The boss has cleared her schedule and wants to do a meeting. We are not sure our rights as she is losing money and possibly pto by not working and does not want to meet with her boss.

The story: Last week the wife and her boss got into a disagreement after working for 7 years at this home health company. Wife has not received any raise really in seven years because visits are paid out in x value for time. So company pays x to all nurses. Her christmas presents has been pen, charges, pads of paper, and the had a lunch at the office in phx where it is to far for her to make it during her work day. Same situation for nurses appreciation week. Office workers got a lunch and she got nothing. So after the disagreement my wife told her boss to put her normal clients back on or she wasn’t coming back.

The boss cleared her schedule and she hasn’t made any money in the last 7 days. She hasn’t quit and her boss hasn’t fired her. I have tried to call any state body for labor and all you can do it email. I don’t think she wants to go back to the company after being literally worked day and night, during visits then sitting home charting all night. She has 92 hours of pto she hasn’t used she is worried she won’t get and can she file for unemployment?

Thanks for reading, I hope your day is going well.


Air conditioning broke in our workspace, coworker passed out and they’re being blamed

I work in a medical diagnostic laboratory which requires all employees wear lab coats over our clothes, in addition to long pants and covered shoes at all times. Our air conditioning broke months ago and they have been “working on it”. It was bearable for awhile, but now that it is summer, temps have reached 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit daily. We have expressed concern for these working conditions, which are met with suggestions from higher ups such as “take a 5 minute break” and “stay hydrated”.

A coworker of mine passed out in the lab recently when the temp was 85F. They were taken to the hospital and treated for a concussion. Higher ups and the safety officer immediately blamed the coworker for working too much and refused to acknowledge the heat. Another employee suffered dehydration this past Friday while working, and had to be taken to the hospital to get an IV.

I’ve searched, but I can’t find anything directly stating what a workspace temperature should be. I’m not sure if I can report this or even where to. Any ideas?


Introducing the r/antiwork book club! Details, introductory essays and survey inside.

Welcome to the very first r/antiwork book club! Our goal for these first few weeks is to catch up on some of the antiwork essays we might not have read, promote discussion, and to gauge interest for when we transition into reading full books after this cycle is over.

To get started, we will be discussing the two shorter essays for the first week, and then move onto one per week. For now, this will be _The Mythology of Work_ published on CrimethInc and _Bullshit Jobs_ by David Graeber. All weekly discussions are available, so if you read ahead or have already read the material, check them out!

## **If you are interested in the survey to help us figure out what books to read next, **

Table of Contents and Reading Schedule

* Week 1: The Mythology of Work, On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

* Week 2: Laziness Does Not Exist – tba

* Week 4: The Abolition of Work] – tba

* Week 5: In Praise of Idleness – tba

# Week 1, Part 1:

> What if nobody worked? Sweatshops would empty out and assembly lines would grind to a halt, at least the ones producing things no one would make voluntarily. Telemarketing would cease. Despicable individuals who only hold sway over others because of wealth and title would have to learn better social skills. Traffic jams would come to an end; so would oil spills. Paper money and job applications would be used as fire starter as people reverted to barter and sharing. Grass and flowers would grow from the cracks in the sidewalk, eventually making way for fruit trees.

> And we would all starve to death. But we’re not exactly subsisting on paperwork and performance evaluations, are we? Most of the things we make and do for money are patently irrelevant to our survival—and to what gives life meaning, besides.


In today’s essay CrimethInc covers the topic of worker alienation. Why is that when we punch in, our morals are left at the door? CrimethInc argues that the economic system we live under makes responsible behavior prohibitively expensive.

# Week 1, Part 2:

> In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.


While has been known as an anarchist activist since Occupy Wall St. , his essay _On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs_ helped him to gain some notoriety, and the strong response to this essay led him into writing In this essay Graeber argues that the reduction in work hours predicted by Keynes never materialized due to the increase in what he terms “bullshit jobs”–jobs which serve no meaningful purpose to society. Rather than automation being used to reduce working hours which would enable people to pursue their passions, we have instead seen the ballooning of unnecessary administrative jobs for no particularly rational purpose, and that this is psychologically destructive.

**Discussion Questions:**

* What do you think of the essays? Do you agree or disagree?
* Do you think there were any standout sentences or paragraphs?
* If you could ask the authors anything, what would it be?
* Did these essays impact you?
* Did these essays remind you of anything from your life?