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“From Russia With Love:” Shocked About Working Conditions In The USA, Person Lists What It’s Like In Russia
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“From Russia With Love:” Shocked About Working Conditions In The USA, Person Lists What It’s Like In Russia

r/AntiWork introduces itself as a subreddit for those who want to end work, are curious about ending work, want to get the most out of a work-free life, or simply want more information on anti-work ideas and personal help with their own jobs/work-related struggles.

It was created in 2013 but has become especially popular in recent months during the Great Resignation. We at Bored Panda have also covered some of its posts that touch upon important topics such as salary negotiation or getting overworked.

Just a few days ago, a member of this online community who goes by the nickname u/SlowFlash420, came forward saying that reading these stories made them think that even their “mafia-run” and “kleptocratic” home country has better working conditions than in many places in the US. Here’s why.

Image credits: Bernie Almanzar (not the actual photo)

Americans aren’t psyched about things in their country too. Only 32 percent of workers polled in August 2021 said they were “completely satisfied” with the amount of on-the-job stress they face, down from 35 percent who reported feeling totally fine with their levels of stress in 2020, according to a survey by Gallup.

Other factors like promotion opportunities and salaries also received lower marks than in the recent past. Only 42 percent of workers expressed “complete satisfaction” with their career opportunities and only 38 percent were satisfied by their pay. Less than 50 percent of workers were also completely satisfied with the health insurance offered by their employers.

Interestingly, the data shows that time off and workplace safety did not contribute to workplace stress in a meaningful way. In other words, you can’t just throw vacation time at employees and expect them to be happy.

The Labor Department reported that 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September. That number surpassed August’s roughly 4.3 million and hiked the quits rate as a percentage of the labor force to 3%, also a record.

All this job movement has employers scrambling to respond to the rapidly evolving expectations of their workers. They say they’re listening and, in many cases, are offering employees vastly different ways of working. But at the same time, many executives are running their companies with the quiet hope that things will eventually go back to some version of the way they were pre-pandemic.

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But some folks reminded that Russia is very far from perfect as well

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's not much left to be said. Some call it US bashing, some call it rubbing faces in cold hard facts. It's just sad that the US citizens who really want changes for the better are held back by idiots who will claim that this is just Russian propaganda because socialism is BAD, communism is even worse and America is the GREATEST nation in the world. You just have to work hard and stop indulging yourself with Vanilla Lattes, Avocado on toast and candlelit dinners at fancy restaurants and you'll be successful and rich too.

Biba Little
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in poor, mostly hated country who is also "mafia run" and kleptocratic, and salaries are not great let me tell you. But we mostly do have 20 to 25 working days of Vacation a year, a mostly women are allowed to get 1 year after birth to be with child, although some employers find the way to make them lose their jobs but that shouldn't happen. Still, this country is a mess. As for USA I have no idea, I know only what I see on tv. Very high rents, medical bills up to the sky, low number of vacation days per year, and a large number of overtime hours. If that is not true, why is it shown in every tv show or movie? It's like they teach people they should live for and on work and coworkers are "family". Work is a must, but you need to have personal life too.

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Rez Fidel
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Everybody thinks they are temporarily embaressed millionaires" THIS! This is where a lot of americans get hardcore brainwashed into. What a living dystopia.

Leo Domitrix
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, we don't. But that idea certainly seems pervasive. As if it really is "that easy". it's a fun way for the 1% to convince the rest that really, the 1% is on their side. Which is utter BS, but for some reason, magical thinking tends to be difficult to dislodge.

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Ivana
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Americans have been brainwashed into sheer terror. To fight for any labor rights is communism and result in all jobs vanishing off the face of the Earth. But if you work hard enough for long enough you might one day get treated as human. I am sick of this argument that low regulations and workers rights protect jobs. What kind of jobs are we protecting! Jobs that can't feed us, don't shelter us, don't provide health insurance? Jobs that we then say are for teenagers and not meant for working adults. America needs to demand jobs with dignity because we all see the wealth in America and we all know that it doesn't trickle down. If Bezos can go to space, he can afford to let people have real bathroom breaks and vacation.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's not much left to be said. Some call it US bashing, some call it rubbing faces in cold hard facts. It's just sad that the US citizens who really want changes for the better are held back by idiots who will claim that this is just Russian propaganda because socialism is BAD, communism is even worse and America is the GREATEST nation in the world. You just have to work hard and stop indulging yourself with Vanilla Lattes, Avocado on toast and candlelit dinners at fancy restaurants and you'll be successful and rich too.

Biba Little
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in poor, mostly hated country who is also "mafia run" and kleptocratic, and salaries are not great let me tell you. But we mostly do have 20 to 25 working days of Vacation a year, a mostly women are allowed to get 1 year after birth to be with child, although some employers find the way to make them lose their jobs but that shouldn't happen. Still, this country is a mess. As for USA I have no idea, I know only what I see on tv. Very high rents, medical bills up to the sky, low number of vacation days per year, and a large number of overtime hours. If that is not true, why is it shown in every tv show or movie? It's like they teach people they should live for and on work and coworkers are "family". Work is a must, but you need to have personal life too.

Load More Replies...
Rez Fidel
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Everybody thinks they are temporarily embaressed millionaires" THIS! This is where a lot of americans get hardcore brainwashed into. What a living dystopia.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, we don't. But that idea certainly seems pervasive. As if it really is "that easy". it's a fun way for the 1% to convince the rest that really, the 1% is on their side. Which is utter BS, but for some reason, magical thinking tends to be difficult to dislodge.

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Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Americans have been brainwashed into sheer terror. To fight for any labor rights is communism and result in all jobs vanishing off the face of the Earth. But if you work hard enough for long enough you might one day get treated as human. I am sick of this argument that low regulations and workers rights protect jobs. What kind of jobs are we protecting! Jobs that can't feed us, don't shelter us, don't provide health insurance? Jobs that we then say are for teenagers and not meant for working adults. America needs to demand jobs with dignity because we all see the wealth in America and we all know that it doesn't trickle down. If Bezos can go to space, he can afford to let people have real bathroom breaks and vacation.

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