Life sometimes doesn’t seem fair at times, and it takes a lot of effort to achieve something that even remotely resembles justice at work. It sounds very difficult to do, especially in the context of massively rapidly rising costs of buying gas and food and mushrooming rent prices. And wages are failing to keep pace with inflation despite having risen quite a bit over the past year, too.

Many employees feel that unfairness is ripe in the workplace, and it’s practically dystopian how some companies treat their workers. To vent and share their thoughts about the current state of the job industry, some go to the ‘Anti-Work’ Facebook group (unrelated to the r/antiwork subreddit, but there’s an overlap in their outlook) which showcases the dark side of capitalism.

We’ve collected some of their most powerful recent posts to show you just how bad things can get, and why it’s necessary to fight for workers’ rights. Scroll down to take a peek at the dystopia some people are living in. Meanwhile, be sure to check out what Bored Panda learned about the ‘right’ way to quit a job with financial expert Sam Dogen, the author of ‘Buy This, Not That: How to Spend Your Way to Wealth and Freedom’ and the founder of the Financial Samurai blog.

When you’ve looked through this list, feel free to share your thoughts about the current state of the economy and the job market in the comments. And if you enjoyed the values ‘Anti-Work’ exhibits, you’ll find Bored Panda’s previous feature about the Facebook group right over here.

#1

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Louis Wisher Report

Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

Viva la Revolution

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Working in the US vs working in France.

Allegra Merz Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

My uncle used to work for a company that was HQ'd in Seattle, he is in the UK. They wanted to make him redundant the USA way by just letting him go with no redundancy package. HQ were told that since he is British and works in the UK, they would have to pay at least the statutory. They argued back that they could switch him to a USA contract and then get rid of him. The response to that was that you would have to explain that in court, and they would lose badly.

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suganthi_96 , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

Every d*mned time! I asked my interviewer for my first job interview how am I supposed to get experience if no one will hire me without experience? He threw his hands in the air and said I know that's the problem.

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The ‘Anti-Work’ Facebook group had 38.8k members at the time of writing, and it invites people to be kind to one another. They’re against the glorification of violence, ask people not to support any politicians, landlords, or company owners, and (oddly enough), their movement is against any type of reform.

Instead of reform, the ‘Anti-Work’ team aims for ‘abolition.’ And while we get the desire to overhaul literally everything, we also know that idealism doesn’t always match how politics works in real-life. Compromise, diplomacy, slow-but-steady change in voting patterns are (unfortunately?) how real change happens. The members of the group also suggest that Facebook users go outside and “touch grass” and urge them to avoid posting low-quality content.

#4

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Juniper Marie Report

Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

Unions are life

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Andy Bierkamp , twitter.com Report

Wang Zhuang
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Not good enough, Trash Jones. We still need you to come in that day. Sleep off the anesthesia and we'll see you in a couple of hours. If you feel yourself starting to die, make sure they hit you with the shock pads a few times, no big deal. Thanks for being a team player.

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Kiyoshi Parker , twitter.com Report

Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
1 month ago

The only reward for hard work is more work.

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Financial expert and author Sam, from the Financial Samurai project, gave Bored Panda some insights into what employees should think about if they’re dissatisfied with their workplace and are considering quitting. Though some people have power fantasies about quitting with style, it’s important to consider the impact your decision will have not just on your life but on the day-to-day of your colleagues. It pays off to do things smartly, and not just slam the door.

“The best way to quit a job is to actually try and negotiate a severance and not quit. When you try to negotiate a severance, you try to make the job quitting as painless and seamless as possible for your manager and colleagues,” the expert told us.

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Bethenia Jane Dixon , twitter.com Report

Wang Zhuang
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate idiot job postings like that. You would think they would at least have the knowledge of how long the software has existed before adding it in their requirements. Dummies...

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Alex Reyes , twitter.com Report

Henry Hagens
Community Member
1 month ago

Painfully accurate

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Alex Reyes , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

I believe we already know that. Wealth never trickles down to the poor. Talking to you Reagan!

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“When you suddenly quit your job, you put your manager and colleagues in a bind, scrambling to find your replacement and do your work. However, if you try to negotiate a severance, you help find your replacement and train your replacement so that your company doesn't feel too much pain,” Sam explained to Bored Panda that a compromise like that can end up benefiting both parties.

The expert shared his own experience with changing career tracks. “For example, when I negotiated my severance after 11 years, I stayed on for three months to train my junior employee. I introduced him to all my clients as well. As a result, I was able to receive a severance package equal to six years of living expenses!” he explained how the benefits can be greater if you approach the situation differently.

#10

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Martin P Foster Report

Random Anon
Community Member
1 month ago

I was often called a commie for pointing out the American brand of capitalism is just the modern form of feudalism. Since the 90s.

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Rikki Arvanites , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey when cost of living is high you do what you got to do even working for bog witches.

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Kiyoshi Parker , twitter.com Report

Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

This is no life to live. Tax the moneybags scamming the system

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“I even helped my wife negotiate a severance from a job she no longer liked as well. She was able to get full pay only working 2-3 days a week for several months. Then she got a severance check and a year off. Then her old firm hired her back as a consultant for 50% higher pay. It was one of the best severance negotiations ever because we found a win-win solution for both sides,” he pointed out that it’s not just a fantasy that both sides can end up winning out.

“The right way to quit your job is to make sure your company and employees are OK if you leave,” he explained what the mature way of changing jobs entails.

#13

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Lisas Adinosaur Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor Sherpas. Such an important job. Glad they are starting to get more credit

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Brianne Smith , twitter.com Report

Jaithesaint
Community Member
1 month ago

Bru, facts man. This is b******t all around and I’m depressed

Isa Trip
Community Member
1 month ago

Feels

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Dan Padgett
Community Member
1 month ago

General Strikes are a thing. Maybe you peeps should look into it :)

MygrandsonscallmeNia
Community Member
1 month ago

I Had to go on disability... Between, Cancer, and my back, I'm unable to work. God! I MISS working! $860 a month vs. $1,200-$1,600 a month before I got sick. I Had to move into a apartment that thankfully had no deposit. I wondered why, but was thankful! Now, I know why! The landlord, won't fix a Damned thing, unless it's a danger to health, or body! I've been here for 5 years, and it's falling apart. The fix it guy, if he decides he doesn't like you, he'll try to get you evicted, and his fix it's are trash! God, I'll go back to cleaning house's if I get better...

Kathy
Community Member
1 month ago

As a cancer survivor, I really feel for you. So sorry you have all these problems, hope things get better for you soon and you can get back on your feet. Good luck!

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Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

Why. Are. You. Wishing? Bloody well strike all at the same time. This has worked every time it's been tried. Do it now.

Darcy Marie
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

And people say "If you don't like it just leave you socialist scum." Like it doesn't cost a ridiculous amount of money to become an expat, or to emigrate, to a different nation with better workers rights. (Last I checked it costs about 2-3k just to give up US citizenship and that doesn't include the cost of moving, probably over seas, to another country and the cost to restart your life there.)

Alma Muminovic
Community Member
1 month ago

You dont have to give up your US citizenship, you can literally just relocate with 2-3k. Just make sure you have a work from home job. If you rent long term property in Cyprus you get a permanent residency.

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Shawn NowayJose
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really the sad truth of the situation. We are the gears that turn the money machine, without us there would be no profit. One day of everyone just stopping work would be devastating. But it would require more unity than I think humans actually posses.

Pursuing Peonies
Community Member
1 month ago

The sad part is that humans do posses the ability to have unity, us citizens though....it's few and far between because of those "conservative" people who falsely believe that such unity is wrong (for whatever reasons, but often "but socialism is bad" rhetoric or "people given government assistance are just asking for free handouts and that's wrong (except the rich, we're just ignoring them)" rhetoric)

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Trisha Howson
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes sad so sad a country based on freedom is all about capitalism now. All these people from Europe sounds like heaven. ☹️

olx
Community Member
1 month ago

i saw someone planning a nationwide strike on tumblr the other day lmao. thats just the hellsite for you.

Ruben M
Community Member
1 month ago

The requirements for the average 4 bedroom RENTAL where I live in the U.S. is 720+ credit score, $8000 move in costs, and annual income of almost $110 ,000/year. B***h if I had all that why would I be renting??!!!

Thomas Dickson
Community Member
1 month ago

It is worth noting that picking a valuable degree is potentially more important than having one. It's not a Fast pass to life and not everyone gets that opportunity. Weighing cost vs. ROI is on you. (I'm American 🤪)

Jrose Roseyrose
Community Member
1 month ago

We can

Alexis
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean. Who said we can't? 😏

funkybluegirl
Community Member
1 month ago

This is spot on.

Anne McKinney
Community Member
1 month ago

We CAN all strike at the same time. No one is stopping us except the rent, car payment, insurance, gas ,ad nauseum.

Zanshin
Community Member
1 month ago

1.5 security deposit is illegal in the states I have lived in.

C Fri
Community Member
1 month ago

We can all strike at the same time. But the majority won't because they don't want to look bad, and the minority won't because they want to be able to eat. The second problem with democracy is that people are terrible. The first problem with democracy is that a few people profit off the fact that people are terrible.

Kim Kermes
Community Member
1 month ago

It's called a general strike. It's been done.

SeidWolf
Community Member
1 month ago

What is worse, we CAN all strike or boycott, but there's no will to do so...

David Henry
Community Member
1 month ago

If they force us to abandon peaceful solutions, not saying we should or shouldn't just saying IF WE DID/DO, f**k them for it and we need to make it traumatic af on them. Metaphorically stick heads on a pike for future abusers to see: Nah, not happening again. You get 0 warnings.

Jeffrey Diehl
Community Member
1 month ago

We should.

I I
Community Member
1 month ago

power to the people . lay down your tools and they'll soon raise your wages

Cheryl Denton
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm in. When are we doing this?

Chris D'Asta
Community Member
1 month ago

This makes me think of the film "A Day Without a Mexican" that details how L.A. could not function without essential labour provided by extremely hard working individuals.

fhqwhgus
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, I'm working on a student visa for Canada. The best way that I can strike is to get the hell out of here before I have a car accident or have some other medical bill that puts me into extreme debt. Although a former contact company owes me over $42,000 due to wage theft that I'll never get back (because it costs more than that to get a lawyer to recover the money.) So, yeah, "hard work" or whatever...

Becky
Community Member
1 month ago

I could strike, would like a country wide strike. I hate the old fogies that run our government and suck every Penny we have. I get more and more aggravated almost every day with what our country was vs what it now is. Greedy politicians and corporations have taken over every aspect of the American life that most people can't afford to pay bills let alone take any time off to strike. We need more than a strike, we need a Boston tea party Revolution

Sandie Shaw
Community Member
1 month ago

We could unfortunately not everyone would be on board

Bobby
Community Member
1 month ago

We can, but good luck getting everyone to do it

TotallyNotAFox
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

7 rounds? The longest I ever had were two for working at the Federal Bank

Ibbie Ikenzebates
Community Member
1 month ago

7 is becoming the norm. HR folks trying to justify their existence

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Petros Vrasivanopoulos
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1 month ago

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america is great, some of you are so ungrateful. Any disgruntled american wanna swap places with a european lemme know

The Scout
Community Member
1 month ago

I can assure you that, as an European, I certainly would NOT like to swap with an American. I like job security, socialised healthcare.five weeks of paid vacation, unlimited sick days, sensible hours, ...

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Edjitprop , twitter.com Report

Julie C Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

There’s a follow-up tweet where this person clarifies that they’re not talking about people whose answer is “gotta eat bro”.

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Previously, my colleague spoke to the team behind the ‘Anti-Work’ Facebook page to learn more about the group and its values.

"Fundamentally, the idea of Anti-Work is that people should choose to be productive on their own terms, not as a result of coercion or having their stability threatened. The underlying message of the Anti-Work philosophy is that the connection between survival and employment status or productivity levels must be eliminated,” they told Bored Panda.

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Amanda , dduane.tumblr.com Report

KJ
Community Member
1 month ago

Very difficult to figure out what letter has been obscured.

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Martin P Foster , twitter.com Report

Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a previous experience

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Alex Reyes , twitter.com Report

Suzanne Tilson
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what school should be. A place of original thinkers, not complacent slaves

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The Anti-Work group is a fairly new niche on Facebook: it was created not even a year ago, in October of 2022 “as a result of needing to create a digital community tailored specifically for Facebook users."

"In our group, we have people from all backgrounds. Writers, frontline nurses, school teachers, line cooks, truck drivers, forklift operators. To name just a few,” the Anti-Work team shared with Bored Panda, adding that they are explicitly anti-capitalist, support the creation and expansion of unions, and see the need for workplace democracy.

“As a society, we have the ability to provide for humanity's needs, to give people a base layer of support and stability to encourage productivity without coercion," they said. With the Facebook group, they aim to create a platform for inclusion and empowerment so that people from all walks of life feel safe to share their workplace stories. And while some trolls do pop up from time to time, overall, most members are "awesome people with valuable insights, and stories worth telling."

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Misty Dawn , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

Unionize and strike!

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Chaz Deigh Leigh , twitter.com Report

Downunderdude
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this would be illegal in Australia.

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Jarvis Lu , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be Tesla. Elon musk went on this big rant how all of his people are coming back to the office to work. Not a little side office no the main office to work. He says no innovation happen when people are working around the world it has all be done in one room. Tell that to the world's space agencies.

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Reality is rarely (if ever) completely black-and-white. Capitalism, with all of its flaws and the need for reform, isn’t the all-encompassing evil that some think it is. The things that some people blame capitalism for are usually the result of excessive greed and corporatism. It’s capitalism taken to excess that’s the issue, not necessarily the system in and of itself.

Financial expert Rick Orford previously explained to Bored Panda that extreme capitalism and excessive greed are the results of a large enough part of the population being willing to take risks. Too much greed creates widespread problems. However, there are alternatives to capitalism, or rather, ‘softer,’ more humane forms of it.

“Greed is widely accepted to be the reason for the two largest financial crises in the last century; namely 1929 and 2008. It also creates the income inequality that’s largely seen in the United States. Indeed, while everyone, in theory, has an equal opportunity to flourish, the scales seem to tip to those with the most money," financial expert Rick told us during an earlier interview.

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Roger Eppich Report

Kristine Ellis
Community Member
1 month ago

As far as I know, a universal government pension payment for men was first instituted under Bismarck and the Kaiser. The retirement age was set as 65 because that was the average life expectancy of German men at the time. In Australia and New Zealand, one's pension is PRE-PAID as part of one's income tax, and should be inviolable. Not true in USA?

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Jocelyn Sawczuk , twitter.com Report

Eliza May
Community Member
1 month ago

Until we start having a maximum amount of profit any business or corporation can make, I think they'll always push for more.

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Ed Fagan , twitter.com Report

Artemis302
Community Member
1 month ago

And say it again, and again, and again until everyone UNDERSTANDS it!

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“[Capitalism] allows folks like you and me to succeed by creating or investing in businesses. Indeed, one looking to borrow money from the banks today won’t have to pay much for the loan. As such, it encourages growth. However, extreme capitalism creates a scenario where greed overtakes reason, and it risks the financial system," he pointed out that capitalism, when it’s managed fairly, isn’t the main problem.

The financial expert suggested that social democracy, aka socialism, could be a good alternative to capitalism. Social democracies tax their citizens more than capitalistic systems, but the payoff is that more people have easy, free (or cheap) access to services that are deemed vital.

"Citizens are given services such as free and (easily) accessible healthcare, child care, social welfare, etc. Conversely, highly capitalistic societies charge for these services, making it incredibly challenging for the poor," Rick explained.

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Roxanne Garza-Sabah , twitter.com Report

Julie C Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

People are shaming people for WHAT and WHAT? I knew about prats who shame people for living with their parents, but the other two?! How bloody privileged are some people?!

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Michael John LaPointe Report

AndThenICommented
Community Member
1 month ago

Read that again. This is our world

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Michael John LaPointe Report

Henry Hagens
Community Member
1 month ago

He should get a paid vacation

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The expert also noted that capitalism gives everyone the opportunity to grow and flourish. What’s more, he said that there’s a misconception that the wealthy are always making a profit: business owners take big risks and can suffer financial setbacks, not just victories. The issue, however, is that some major corporations begin influencing the general public, and how they think.

“Today, the news is largely distributed by some of the largest American corporations: Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Think Brexit or the 2016 American Presidential election,” he said that small companies have to compete with multinational corporations with a lot of power. Not everyone has the kind of capital necessary to make it big.

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David Balboa , twitter.com Report

joe skevis
Community Member
1 month ago

Worse, many of them thought the slide was a good idea at the time.

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Allegra Merz , twitter.com Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Regarding the overturning of Roe vs Wade, people are now unable to get the medication they need for their conditions as that medication COULD be used in abortions. Saw one in particular that they now can't get a certain medication to treat their Lupus. Not that those in power give a s**t.

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Tom Marshall Report

rspanther
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people would probably end up being more productive at work if they were dead.

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“Those [products] with the best quality, price, customer service, or combination (of at least two) often do well. Increasingly, however, those who are willing to spend more at the beginning are seeing both extreme gains and losses. Famously, Amazon and Tesla, for example, have spent hundreds of millions of investors’ dollars before ever making a cent," the expert told Bored Panda.

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Chaz Deigh Leigh , twitter.com Report

Kristine Ellis
Community Member
1 month ago

Those of us overseas keep hearing about loveless empty Christianity, frightened egotistical gun toters, greed obsessed oligarchs, celebrity narcissism. Why do you Americans put up with it? Maybe time for a Second Revolution, Americans? In a more compassionate direction?

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Roger Rustad , twitter.com Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

When is the Rosa Parks dominations close to come in? Been long enough

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Chris Kerr , twitter.com Report

Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

You forgot effective date:ASAP!!

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Ashley Goodwin , twitter.com Report

Wang Zhuang
Community Member
1 month ago

The company should be covering the full price of fuel as long as you are using it to drive clients around. Period.

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Ira Casey Bailey Report

Who Panda 420
Community Member
1 month ago

As a matter of fact just don't say anything. You can't win with those types

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