A Reddit slacker forum has nearly a million users
Many thanks to all the readers who have alerted me to a forum on the Reddit site called Antiwork. It’s a lively community where users post their experiences of abuse in the workplace, and celebrate quitting their crap jobs for a better life.
And Antiwork has exploded. At the time of writing, it counted more than 906,000 “idlers” or users.
Antiwork describes itself thus: “A subreddit [ie forum] for those who want to end work, are curious about ending work, want to get the most out of a work-free life, want more information on anti-work ideas and want personal help with their own jobs-related struggles.”
Guys – there’s a magazine for that!
Anyway, the stories they tell are sometimes shockingly sad:
“Last week when I was picking up my 12th course of penicillin due to constant chest infections… I hit a wall. I was a 24/7 shift worker starting at all times of the day and night.
“My shifts were at least 10 hours and sometimes extended to 12. I had no life other that my job. I spent 6.5 years living away from my husband and our home. When I was on RDOs (rostered days off) it was all I could do to shower and take care of basic human needs.
“I went from a person who baked, cooked and experimented with cookery to a zombie who drank a lot and cried before leaving home on my last day off to go back to my ‘camp’.”
Another employee reported anti-capitalist sentiment in a co-worker:
“My company does this icebreaker thing where each week a different person sends an email to the whole company talking about their average day, and today’s co-worker started his, ‘I wake up each day furious to be laboring under capitalism.’ It caused quite a stir.”
There are some touching tales too:
“I quit my job earlier this year due to a work-related injury and extreme anxiety/depression. I took the opportunity to take my pet portrait business full-time. Whilst it hasn’t taken off as well as I would have hoped, you can’t put a price on your own time. I’m poor but so much happier.”
They’re calling this revolt against work “the Great Resignation”. It does indeed appear to be what the young people call “a thing”.
Take a look and feel free to drop in and tell them about the Idler.
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