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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?

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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.

**Summary:**

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.

**Summary:**

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?

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are these questions even legal let alone relevant?

Applying for an Engineering job in the UK at a Major business in the industry.
These are questions in the online application :
– Were you eligible for free school meals at any point during school?
– have you ever identified as transgender?
– current salary and benefits package?
– what type of school did you attend at the age of 14?
– did either of your parents hold a degree level qualification by the age of 18?

Never needed to apply for jobs like this before, is this normal? Seems to me whether I received free school meals as a child would never change how well I did a job!

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fired in middle of shift (before lunch)

My friend got hired at a seasonal job after her mom passed away and she had to take on the maternal role in her family. When she got hired in her interview she explicitly stated how she only wanted to work part time so she could go back home to help her family , and that she did not have a car so to please allow room in the schedule for carpooling. Basically no opening shifts 3-4 days a week. She was then put on every 8 am shift for full time and even worked seven days in a row during the Fourth of July holiday. Being reliant on others for rides, when most employees arrived to work an hour after her, she was only late two times which were out of her control. Of course she got a write up but never was told she was supposed to get a copy of the write or that she had the ability to plead her case on the comment section of the document. She just signed under the agreement that if she was late to work again without communication she would be terminated. Mind you, she had let someone know both times she was late prior. Today she woke up, got ready and sat on her porch for half an hour waiting on a ride. When she realized she would be late again she notified the manager and found a ride soon after. She got to work, clocked in and carried on as usual, but after only two hours another manager came in and told her she was done and to clock out. Now she is an ex employee with no housing or meal plan or car. She got fired before she could even finish her shift of eat lunch. Currently stuck on campus with no way home or food until her family comes up to get her. She literally got fired for working shifts she stated she couldn’t work.

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Should I?

So here’s my predicament and I hope this wonderful group can help.

I was laid off by company A during the peak of the pandemic and lucky for me I had searched and interviewed with a few companies prior to worrying about this situation. I signed onboard with company B 1 week after the lay-offs.

Now 2 years after company A has a role that I am currently doing similar tasks but the title is lowered. I went from a senior role to an associate role but it’s also a 20k bump in my salary to change. With Company B I have lost all my senior people that I have worked with along the way and so it’s not the same structure/dynamic. The new heads don’t know what’s up and I had a discussion to speak with my heads to tell them what I do because they don’t know….
Both jobs are remote first but Company B I am basically able to work a few hours completing most of my task and able to spend time with my family and things that I normally wouldn’t be able to if In-Office.

Which one would you do?

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Can work and peace of mind coexist?

Can work & peace of mind coexist?

This past weekend I took a bike ride on a scenic trail. It’s the first time I understood why people feel the need to “get away”, go camping, disconnect from their phones. I am by no means a city girl, but I never felt the drive to get away from everyone and disconnect.

That was until I found myself at the top of a scenic overlook with just my boyfriend and found peace in the quiet. There was not one other person on the trail, just us and nature. For the first time ever, I felt good about feeling “alone”.

You see, I am a Store Manager at a fast food chain where I oversee all operations. Recently, I was moved to an opportunity store to make some changes. As expected with that came more work. My phone is going off nonstop and my 9 hours shifts turn into 12. Now, that is part of my job and I can accept what comes with that but when I am not seeing results back up my work, that is where I begin to feel demotivated.

Running a successful store can be extremely gratifying but with that being said, a non successful store can wear you down, quickly.

Life too short to not find your peace. I’m just not sure if I will find it here…

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Former micromanager here!

Before you hate me right off the bat, please allow me to maybe explain how I became that way and how I realized I was a micromanager. This post is long, sorry.

I was a supervisor for many years at 2 different banks working in mostly the call center or where we corresponded electronically with customers. Anyone that works or has worked in a call center knows it’s all about meeting the metrics or KPI’s.

Then the manager position opened up and I applied because it seemed like the natural progression and I was basically already doing the job. I got it and was so excited! I thought I was going to make a real difference! Everything was just swimming right along, not perfectly but I enjoyed the challenge and absolutely loved my employees.

Fast forward to the start of the pandemic. We had to close our branches so the volume in the call center and my department went through the roof. Some areas increased over 300% within a week. But we were expected to maintain the same metrics . My team did their best every day, but my stress and anxiety was so bad that I literally would sit in my office and cry. I couldn’t stop. I went to the ER several times thinking I was having a heart attack. Nope! Just an anxiety attack. Twice this happened at work.

I knew I needed a change and one kind of fell into my lap. The only thing was, it wasn’t a management position. I had worked so hard and sacrificed for so long that I really had to step back and assess myself and my life. I knew I couldn’t continue on the way it was and the expectations weren’t going to change. I applied and got it.

When I moved over to my new position I COULD NOT BELIEVE how stress free it is. Almost a year later, I’m still in shock. But I’ve come to realize that I was being managed by a team of extreme micromanagers. **This literally turned me into a micromanager. I didn’t start out that way.** I think it was gradual so I really didn’t realize until I started being managed by the most relaxed management team. We have deadlines we have to meet, but they actually provide us with the tools to meet them and they understand that we are HUMANS.

I know that if I were to talk to my old boss about it, they would never think she is a micromanager. I sure didn’t. But boy was I wrong.

Please know that I am not excusing myself at all. I’ve just come to recognize it and what caused it. I truly think that most managers don’t intend to be that way or start out that way; they are usually a product of their management. It’s obviously a much bigger problem, but I don’t have to worry about that anymore. lol

I have zero plans to ever get into management again. I am too dang old for that stress and have finally achieved a true work-life balance .

Just food for thought.

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My Former Employer is Fighting my Unemployment because of THEIR mistake

I checked my claim this morning as I do every morning to find I’ve been “disqualified.” I immediately called the EDD. When I finally got through, I could hear the customer service lady mumbling about the disqualification. I put it together then. About a month prior to getting fired, they made a mistake and overpaid me. Something to do with their remote work system. At the time, no one made a fuss, I kept the money, work continued. So now the EDD computer system/an actual human thinks I’m trying to scam them. For…a grand total of $608. The customer service lady told me that I have to wait 10 days from my interview to appeal . I was fired JUNE 7th which means the government expects people to be able to survive for a MINIMUM of 6 weeks. Which is impossible for most. Only possible for me because I live with my family so I’ll always have food to eat and gas to get to work.

What’s absolutely WILD to me about this whole thing is that in the text message my boss sent me to inform me I was fired . She said she was grateful for the work I had done up to that point and would happily write me a reference if I needed it. So I am worth a reference but nothing tangibly helpful??? Gee…Thanks! I appreciate it!

Seems to me if the government REALLY wanted folks to “contribute to society” they’d make it so they don’t fall flat on their face trying to get there. Because what is the point if the first few months of getting a job and getting paid are just going to go to a variety of late bills? For folks less fortunate than I am, it means being on the streets with literally zero. Why should those people want to work when it’ll take them months even years to crawl their way back to where they once were which probably wasn’t the most financially stable place anyway?

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Company making me commute 480 miles a month on my own dime

I have worked for a large, global company for the past 3.5 years but at the end of last year I purchased a house that is four hours away. I told my boss that I hope I could work remote but no hard feelings if it wouldn’t work out, I’d find a new job. Keep in mind half my team, including my boss, is in the UK. I’m in the US and we had been working remote for 2 years due to Covid.

Also, during the first meeting about my move by boss told me that “I’m throwing all my hard work away” by moving.

Fast forward 8 months, I finally got written approval for my request to work remote but they are demanding I work from the office three days a month. I am responsible for driving my own vehicle, paying for my own gas, buying my own food, and finding my own lodging during this monthly trip. I am not sure where they got this number and wish it was a discussion rather than a demand. .

These trips cost about $800 monthly out of my own pocket . I am the only one on my team requested to pay out of pocket for these trips. I have at least two people on my team based in other states that are compensated for their trips. I am the only one who is not and they are rarely asked to come in, maybe once a year. Are they trying to get me to quit? What rights do I have here?

Other things my manager and boss have told me during conversations:
“We looked at your compensation and decided you could afford the trips.”
After expressing worry of not being able to afford these trips my manager says, “I couldn’t afford my first house either so I lived off of beans and rice.”
“The situation you are in is the result of your actions.”

UGH

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Advice needed. Minor doing a holiday job.

For context, I have a three week holiday employment contract with a food production company in my town . I have health issues/disabilities, among others ADHD, insomnia, chronic leg pain, and an allergy that was triggered by the hand sanitiser that the company is using.

The working conditions are, for me personally, harsh. I’m unable to sit down during my eight hour shift, which starts at six AM, and have to go through a long gowning and hygiene procedure before reaching the clock-in panel. In conclusion, I’m on site for at least forty-five minutes altogether before and after logging in and out of the clock.

The law mandates that teenagers under 18 aren’t allowed to start work before eight AM and can’t work at conveyor belts for some reasons I haven’t got the brain cells to care about, yet here I am doing both. What should I do?