How to Survive Your Office Job | Renegade Cut

Hello, new worker! Congratulations on being hired! Before you begin your career at this particular
corporation, you need to learn some keys facts and helpful tips about being an office worker. In fact, this orientation may help you in
any line of work. What brought you here today? Well, you had a choice: wage labor or starving
to death. There is no real choice, which makes our current
economic system compulsory and your new position at this company the best of a bad situation
called capitalism. One day, when most of the world is ready for
a revolution, that may change, but since that appears to be a long ways off, you need to
prepare yourself for your career and how best to interact with your employer. Everything your employer does is in service
of controlling you. Even if they don’t think of it that way, that
is what’s happening all the time. If your employer is a manager and not an owner,
they still have an implicit mandate from said owner to control you. Example: Ever wonder why big corporations
are against universal healthcare even though it costs those corporations to pay for your
employee healthcare? It’s because that’s a bargaining chip they
have to make you continue to work there for whatever they choose to pay you. It’s all about control. Surviving your job is about escaping that
control. To that end, here are some tips that you might
find useful. Tip #1: Seeing Through Your Employer’s Bull. In order to maintain control over you, sometimes
your employer may gently or not-so-gently remind you about a concept called time theft,
something they invented that definitely does not actually exist. Employers sometimes describe time theft with
examples like incorrectly clocking in, but really, time theft, to them, is the act of
you doing anything besides labor for their shift. Keep in mind that shifts can last from eight
hours to twelve hours – or perhaps more. Taking a minute to break or briefly checking
your phone for messages from your family are unacceptable to your employer because that
time could have been spent serving said employer. The truth is that working non-stop without
breaks or time to stretch your legs is extremely dangerous both psychologically and physically. You are a human being and not a machine, and
as such, you require moments of rest and relaxation – even in the workplace – in fact, especially
in the workplace. Never taking a moment to go to the water cooler
or talk to a nearby co-worker in the next cubicle – day in and day out over the course
of years – can cause psychological harm. Employers call it “time theft” because
it places the responsibility on you and frames the act of being a human being as a moral
failing. The blame is on you for daring to call your loved
ones about something important or simply to tell them they are loved. In truth, “time theft” does not make sense
– for multiple reasons. First, if you are able to complete your tasks
in their work day while also behaving like a human being and having a snack, then nothing
has been taken from the employer. Time theft, as a concept, is particularly
strange if your occupation does not depend on deadlines and instead is done through a
per-customer basis. Meet Jim. He spends some time talking to his wife at
work, but since he’s one of the top salesmen and having this psychological outlet helps
his productivity and morale, his employer should not care. See, employers institute time theft rules
and reminders because what they really want is for the workers to work harder than they
have to – harder than they are paid to work. More hours than they are paid to work. More time than they are paid to work. By framing the act of talking to a co-worker
to alleviate some of the mounting stress of the work day as “time theft,” employers
can both guilt and punish their workers for not working what is essentially overtime for
no added pay. Here is a quote from a employer’s guide from
a software website trying to sell employers on the idea that time theft is real: “To eliminate time theft, it is essential
to create a work environment with the resources to monitor and prevent it. Investing in the right software will take
care of many of the administrative issues that contribute to letting time theft slide
by.” By “resources to monitor and prevent”
and “investing in the right software,” this f**king narc is actually saying that
you taking a smoke break or five minutes too long on your lunch is all the justification
they need to spy on you. This includes cameras and spy software in
office computers to monitor you as if you were a prisoner – an Orwellian nightmare
that has become so commonplace that its normalcy has lead to complacency about fighting back
against this. Employers don’t institute time theft policies
and punishments out of a moral responsibility. Employers do this to squeeze as much labor
– often free labor – out of their employees as they legally can. If an employer demands that a worker perform
their labor more and/or harder than they are paid to do so, that labor is therefore free. It is actually the employer who is the thief. This is called wage theft, which is actually
a thing. Workers are those who sell their labor to
employers for a set amount of time in exchange for wages. A fraction of the value of what the workers
produce comes back to them in the form of a wage. The rest is kept, or stolen, by the owners
of the corporation, who generally do no productive labor themselves. They can get away with this because under
capitalism, this sort of theft is both perfectly legal and encouraged. Illegal forms of wage theft include failure
to pay overtime or failure to pay minimum wage, but these laws are often circumvented
with little to no consequences by corporations. If you are wondering which is worse – time
theft or wage theft – it can be solved by reminding yourself who has significantly more
power. Enforcing an atmosphere in which “time theft”
is somehow a thing, workers will become even more stressed about their work. You could mistreat your own psychological
well-being and actually become less productive – the opposite of the intention of time
theft enforcement. To combat this, develop a friendship with
someone in your workplace. Someone who can cover for you if you’re stuck
in an elevator or in traffic. Employers hate it if you have a friend at
work. Having a friend at work also means you have
someone who can alert you if your employer is making their rounds like a beat cop and
hoping to dock your pay for glancing at your phone in case your sick child needs to text
you. Solidarity is everything. Tip #2: Stay Off the Grid. Your employer is tracking you at all times. It will never be enough for them that you
do your job. What they really want is for you to do more
than you are paid to do so they can wring free labor out of you like a wet washcloth. Take precautions. Don’t use your corporate email address. If your employer insists on you using it and
expects to see you using it, only use it to communicate directly with your employer to
give them that impression. If you want to communicate with your co-workers
or loved ones while at work, use your private email address but NEVER on your office computer. They can and will track that with email surveillance. Use your own phone, and just in case, never
use the corporate WiFi. Use your network. Communicating with your co-workers privately
is necessary to safeguard yourself from any unfair practices from your employer. If you’re being monitored, you aren’t able
to do this, and your employer knows this. That’s why the email surveillance software
is there to begin with. Any area in which your employer does not have
control over you is unacceptable to them, so it’s best to try to get around this. Employers will tell you that computers are
company property and that their surveillance is well within their rights because they own
the computers. Then, in the same breath, they will tell you
not to email your co-workers on your phones to avoid their surveillance even though the
phones are YOUR property. It isn’t about use or misuse of company property. It’s about control. Tip #3: Learn Your Employer’s Behavior. While every employer follows some of the same
tactics, each employer has a different way of tricking you into performing free labor
for them. If your employer tells you that they have
a “development opportunity” for you, that translates into an added project that is not
part of your work schedule nor is it one of your duties. Your employer is hoping to trick you into
performing a new task that is not a requirement of your job to squeeze more labor out of you. Respond by saying that performing this task
will take away time and effort from your current tasks. If your employer insists, remind them that
your current tasks will suffer and that you cannot be held responsible if this happens
under orders from the employer. If the employer then responds that you must
do this new task in addition to your current tasks at the same level of efficiency, remind
them that this will cause you to have to work overtime and for extra pay. If they double down and deny you that pay,
tell your employer that you will have to speak to payroll and whoever is higher up than your
employer on the corporate ladder. Unless your employer is the sole owner of
the company, there will always be someone higher up. That doesn’t mean that someone higher up will
be sympathetic to you – heavens no! It only means that whoever is higher up will
believe your immediate supervisor is losing control, and they love control. So, your immediate supervisor doesn’t want
you to make that call. Employers will try to convince you that you
are a “professional” and therefore expected to put in longer hours. Even if you’re just punching the keyboard,
your employer will pretend that the work is extremely important. If you are a salaried worker and you took
the job under the impression that you would work 40 hours a week, your employer trying
to get you to work an extra 20 hours a week is like increasing their staff by 50% without
costing the corporation a penny. Tip #4: Always Look for Something Better. Employers want to keep you in a state of fear
of losing your job. When they try to make you work longer hours
for no added pay or harder for no added pay, they are hoping that you won’t quit your job
for something better. Employers will remind workers of the “bad
economy” which always exists in the minds of employers regardless of which year we’re
in. For that reason, always look at other job
opportunities comparable to your own. That way, should your employer tell you that
you wouldn’t want to lose your job because it’s “hard out there,” you can respond
by having a pre-made list of jobs to which you qualify and could easily apply. Your employer needs you more than you need
your employer. Your employer is stuck where they are and
is answerable to corporate if you have a loss in labor. You do not answer to corporate if you no longer
work there. When you quit, your responsibilities are over. When your employer watches you quit, their
responsibilities have only begun, and they know this. Tip #5: Get That Bread. After working for your employer and accepting
their indignities for a few years, you are entitled to an increase in pay. Employers generally have the power to do this
but will try to avoid it at all costs. They would rather keep as much of the yearly
salary increase for themselves. Employers will pretend their hands are tied
and cite vague rules like “salary guidelines” or “pressure from corporate” avoid this. An employer will try to be good cop and place
the blame on a bad cop, probably someone above them in the corporate ladder who almost never
makes an appearance at the workplace and is therefore unable to confirm this. Here’s an idea. Actually ask for specifics. Do so politely at first under the guise of
your professionalism. You want to understand the situation more
clearly so that you can be a more productive worker, after all! Human Resources might be able to help, but
most likely they will be useless. HR does not work for you. HR works for corporate. HR exists to protect the corporation from
lawsuits and other problems associated with employees. HR is actually not on your side. Tip #6: Cover Your Butt. This is a quick one but every important. Document everything that protects yourself. Documenting your successes is useful for when
your employer insists you have not been doing your job. It’s also useful when asking for a raise or
a promotion. Try to build strong relationships with those
inside and outside your department so that if your employer comes down on you hard for
something that isn’t your fault, your have both the documentation and backup to fight
this accusation. Tip #7: Beware bootlickers. Now, some middle managers may sympathize with
your station due to earning a comparable wage, but some people of a similar economic class
as yourself will choose to have no real solidarity with you and instead serve higher authorities. Meet Dwight. He informs his immediate superior, Michael,
about any suspected infractions by his co-workers. He also routinely sides with Michael over
his co-workers and sometimes even goes over Michael’s head to speak to corporate. Unfortunately, Dwight is no anomaly. He’s part of a pattern of behavior common
to the workplace. These bootlickers are called…class traitors:
members of the working class who directly or indirectly work against their own class
interests. The most notable example is the police, who
make a middle class wage at best but serve the interests of capitalism by controlling
the poor. You don’t have to feel bad for standing up
to them just because they’re not rich since they serve the ruling class more than they
serve you. Class traitors often have ambitions beyond
their station, and rather than pulling everyone together to make a better life for the exploited
workers, class traitors seek to be the ones in charge of the exploitation. Tip #8: Avoid Manipulation. An important thing to remember is that the
corporation does not care about you. The corporation did not hire you as a favor. Hiring you is an agreement, an exchange of
labor for pay. The corporation did not do you a favor by
hiring you, it simply wanted to exploit your labor. Some employers don’t want you to realize this. A manipulative employer will constantly remind
you of how they helped you in the past by hiring you. Again, that’s not what happened. They wanted you to perform labor for the corporation,
and you were willing to do so. It was an exchange. That’s all that happened. On occasion, your hiring may have had something
to do with a friend going out on a limb for you. But nine times out of ten, your hiring was
impersonal and had to do with the corporation wanting the most productive worker for the
least amount of pay. If your employer ever tries to guilt you into
doing something you don’t have to do, remind them of this fact. They will undoubtedly call you “ungrateful”
– pushing the guilt further – to which you can reply that the employer is ungrateful
for your already hard work if they are pushing you to commit to more work than you were hired
to do. Employers don’t want you to think of it that
way. They only want you to think of the relationship
between employer and employee as that of a parent and child respectively. If your employer ever talks to you like a
parent, remind them that this is not a family but a workplace. You were hired to do a job. If your employer wants you to do a new job
only tangentially related to your current one, then the employer must, in effect, hire
you again for this new occupation, and in the hiring process, there must be talk of
compensation. Employers want you to be dependent on them
– not independent – as a matter of control. They don’t want you to be richer than they
are because that would mean losing said control. The corporation wants you to be of a low economic
class to better control you. Tip #9: Discuss Comparative Pay. There is a good chance that some of your co-workers
who perform the same job as yourself and started at a similar time make more money than you. This is because compensation is not equal
across the board. Don’t blame them, though. You are paid only as much as your employer
believes they can get away with paying you. If you work a minimum wage job, chances are
everyone else makes the same, but if you work anywhere else, there is probably some disparity
based on how much hardball one worker played compared to another and sometimes other factors
like gender, cronyism and more. Employers don’t want you to discuss your wages
with other workers because then you might ask to be paid the same as someone else in
your department. Corporations and society at large propagate
the idea that discussing your wages is vulgar and in bad taste, and maybe among strangers
that’s true, but among co-workers, there is solidarity in discussing comparative wages. If wages are secret, employers can get away
with paying some people less than what they deserve. They do this to save money for themselves. Finally, Tip #10: Join a Union. If your occupation has a union, join it. If your occupation or workplace does not have
a union, speak to union leaders in your area about forming one. During orientation, there is a good chance
that your employer will either play anti-union propaganda for you or subtly suggest in conversation
about why a union would be bad for you. In truth, a union is incredibly good for your
bargaining power and safety. The only reason a union might be “bad”
for you is that if your employer catches wind of you starting a union, they will fire you. A union is only “bad” because of your
employer punishing you for even considering being in one. Actually being in one is very helpful. Employers don’t push anti-union propaganda
to protect you. They push anti-union propaganda to protect
themselves. Union workers generally enjoy better wages
than non-union workers because unions can negotiate these wages. Remember literally every unfair practice by
your employer said earlier? Those can be mitigated with collective bargaining. A union takes away some of the control from
the employer, and at the risk of being repetitive, that’s what this is all about: control. Well, worker, that about wraps it up. We hope you’re ready for an exciting new career
and lifestyle in which you are willing to question the authority of someone who just
happened to have started working at the company earlier than yourself. Good luck to you, and as always, death to capitalism.

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  1. One thing to add is that this will depend upon location, structure/power of union, and local laws. (I know, it's obvious, but people do tend to forget.)

    I say this because, despite having been a foreigner, I was a part of CISL (an Italian union) while working as an international school teacher. Their protections were, at best, quite minimal; this is largely due to language barrier (I was learning Italian, but my Italian wasn't good — this applies in many places where one doesn't speak the local language) and also some Italian laws and the national teacher's contract.

    It also depends upon how an institution structures your contract. Despite having signed a contract that said I was a teacher AND having a legal copy stating as such, my job changed my contract to "office worker" post-signing. I never signed another contract, but the law sided with them while I was having issues (this is because the law is largely for capitalists and owners). After joining the union, they kept slamming me with disciplinary letters.

    My current job (in another country) has a staff handbook and wanted you sign a form of "acknowledgement of receipt and read." I haven't signed it, and it's largely because there's a clause in it about not discussing wages. When I brought it up (with a manager), he stupidly told me it was because "the non-foreign teachers are being underpaid."

    I'm now looking into finding an international teachers union, finding a way to start one (if there isn't), and trying to find ways to link it to local movements. My job, probably more than others, plays a lot of these notes but on a different instrument: they use the fact that our kids are impacted by the school to gain more work.

    Another thing: They don't like it when you're smarter than they are, even when that intelligence can honestly help them improve in every way.

    I'd also like to suggest that people read David Graeber's Bullshit Jobs. It's probably been one of the best things I've read in a while and discusses a lot of how this works.

  2. it's interesting how much capital interests love to co-opt words like "freedom" and "choice" with anti-union, anti-minimum-wage, and anti-healthcare propaganda, as if giving democratic structure to the literal fiefdoms that are modern businesses would be a bad thing… it really is all about control and every manner of gaslighting they can get away with as a means to that end

  3. Back when my current job was minimum wage we could not keep workers. We'd lose people constantly to the point the place barely staid open. But never did wages increase to try to keep people on. Never. And in one meeting a higher up told us if we don't like the pay to go get real jobs. One of my co workers said ok, got up and left. The look ok this guy's face was priceless. Never said that to us again. Since then goverment policy has changed and we are government subcontracted so now we make 12 instead of 7.25 and guess what. Even for that sub-living wage we stopped losing people. Now we goes years without having an opening. But it was not, in any way, the company's choice. They'd MUCH rather risk shutting the facility down than have to pay us a dime over minimum wage. Even if that meant paying massive amounts in overtime pay to the few workers still around. This is NOT how Capitalism appologists say the system works and their attempts to convince me otherwise, despite years of witnessing the contrary, comes across as nieve at best and gaslighting at worst.

  4. Its not like paying enough minimum wage, enough rest (in japan of all places there is power napping an hour i think) and having some kind of minor pause inbetween makes people more productive. And have respect for the most minimal of human needs like talking to other humans. Also unions are actually good for production value because workers are more motivated to do their work well mostly. And not having unnessesary overwor might not make workers so bored that they waste time with something else unrelated. Shorter better paid working hours can be way more productive.

    And document every mistreatment you might experience.

  5. Tip #11 Co-opt the language of capitalism. If your boss is trying to deny you fair treatment by using co-workers who have already agreed to such treatment, it's best to play into their (assumed) ideology. It's not about the fundamental human rights of the workers, it's about "providing proper incentives to motivate employees" or "building loyalty to the company". Workers don't have enthusiasm if they feel disposable.
    If you can present yourself as though you believe in some ideal of fair and just capitalism that inspires workers to do their best it'll be harder to argue with you. You'll still proabbly get marked as a trouble maker but they won't know you're a socialist actively seeking to destroy them.

  6. I always self unionise when I start a new job. You can join a union in the UK even if you are the only employee in the company. My last job I explained this to my boss and he signed up to be a member of a union. We were the only two people in the company(over 200 employees) who were union members. When the company let us go we ended up with a substantially better leaving package than our fellow employees.

  7. I work in a kitchen, and the manager started lecturing us because we take too long to drink water (his estimate was maybe a minute or two to go and get a drink). We have a guy, 19 it's his first job, I took him aside later and pointed out that we had an hour or more of work to do every day because the same manager was too lazy to organize things as he worked so the 5 minutes of time we take to get a drink wasn't a big deal. The boss's crony sucks at the job and we always get out an hour late when he works, boss tells us it's because we stand around and talk too much. Take the guy to the side and point out that it's the crony's fault and that we get out early when that guy isn't around. Recently I took my friend aside and told him that "Management is always going to tell you that you aren't human, but if you're hitting your metrics then the correct response is to acknowledge they spoke and then ignore them"

  8. I like to think of the cops as personally – presumably, until proven otherwise – simply fellow workers, but policing, the activity, as suspect until proven innocent on any given occasion. They get drawn in, usually or at least in part, with an ambition of doing something genuinely good for their community, but get caught obliged by their orders to do things good only for a ruling class. We can hope to rehabilitate the person without approving, supporting, or passing off the injustices performed.

  9. You kind of touched on this but threatening to quit is a powerful tool. Most places are "right to work" or "at will employment" in the US. Usually this is leveraged against employees but it does cut both ways; you can just up and leave in the middle of a shift and never come back.

    The companies that treat you poorest tend to need you the most because they are intentionally understaffed. If your workload is unreasonable, that means that if you walk they suddenly have at least one person's worth of work to deal with on top of finding and training your replacement.

  10. I 'll admit that my office situation is a bit unique but I am wondering if this video might be extreme in its critic of office environments. Are many people really as abused as this?

  11. "We are looking for someone with a genuine passion for customer service."

    Translation: we are looking for someone who will accept minimum wage in exchange for allowing customers to scream at you for issues completely out with your control, and pretend to be happy while doing it.

  12. I just started a new office job this month and was having a hard time getting past my anxieties and breaking into the friend groups that had already formed. After watching this video it made me realize how important it is to have some kind of community at work and it's really inspired me to make a better effort! This morning I talked with coworkers about some TV shows instead of sitting silently at my desk. Thanks for inspiring me to put out an effort and make my job a little easier to deal with.

  13. phone centers work like this, auto calling after x amt.time even when you're in the B-rm.: "friends", at 'work'?..

    still waiting on the zombie apokolypse

  14. This is a really important video. I've known a few people who work in an environment where the things in this video have been normalized by the employees. It makes me so mad. It's in the little things, like being looked down on for taking/needing a break or leaving after your 8 hours or stepping away from a register to take an emergency personal call.

    The worst part is, people don't always see its a problem or want to leave the toxic jobs. I worked in retail that was toxic and moved to a really chill store after a few years, the difference was night and day. When opening would come up, I'd try to get some of the really good workers from my old job to apply. A few were either too caught up in the toxic job, quit working altogether with issues directly due to stress. One person did jump ship and within about a month, no longer bandaged her knuckles and wrists from her RA flaring up.

    I work in a different industry now, but I hope more people realize that, even if your caught in a paycheck to paycheck cycle like I was, it is possible to get out of toxic work environments if your persistent enough.

  15. I immediately tabbed over and Liked the video when you called that software company a "fucking narc."

    I wish I could subscribe to you a second time.

  16. I'm government and this still applies. I even remember when my boss said I wasn't here to make friends. More like people weren't going to be open to friendship.

    Also I have a union, but I think we have anti-union people in key roles. We just got a decent cost of living boost, but people still feel union participation is annoying and our rep for our building actually suggested us at the meeting weren't doing enough to encourage others and stop negative talk, and that WE needed to recruit people on the job. I'm pretty sure that's a number of violations. When I talked about being underpaid and finally getting a boost through passed law, she told me to not talk about it as though everyone got this special treatment. I was objectively underpaid and I meant "everyone" who qualified as UNDERPAID got raised to something resonable. I don't trust her anymore.

    That's not even the most biased and clearly illegal moves/threats I've experienced at work. One summer with the AC down in a scent free office, I was told of an odor complaint and if I didn't fix it however necessary I might be let go.

    They've pulled a lot of tricks to break my morale and it's a load. I keep my eye open on jobs, higher paying or out of this employer entirely. I have two degrees, one specializing in the job title higher than me, but they pass me over for long timers even if they have no exposure to that level of work. I thought if I got in it wouldn't be hard to show my qualifications in a higher role. Nope.

  17. when you mentioned unions i was quickly reminded of the time i worked at little caesars and how they literally told is during training to never join a union and even expose anyone who asked us to join one to any higher ups. considering it was my first time officially in the workforce and it was a minimum wage job at a pizza place, i didn't think unionizing would be be necessary — i mean how bad could it be working at a pizza place right? but looking back, man… the amount of people i saw get injured and overworked on a daily basis. i literally burned my hand with a bread mold, still have the scar and pictures to prove it, and the manager completely ignored even tho i had a huge fucking bubble bursting on the back of my hand and i could barely stand the pain. it wasn't until a fellow employee put some mustard on my hand that i got "medical" attention because i could barely move my hand and still had like an hour or two to finish my shift.

  18. I work with and around much of that work surveillance technology and I concur that you should do as much as possible on your own equipment and your own networks. Like this comment I am leaving.

  19. Watching this on my lunch break in the conference room of my office which is my only opportunity to see sunlight because my cubicle has no windows in view (managers get huge windows in their offices but I’m a lowly peasant)

  20. "…someone who happened to have started working at the company earlier than yourself" HA, I wish. At two of my last three jobs, my supervisor was hired a month after or a month prior to when I was hired. Neither of them had worked for the same agency before and had/have no firsthand experience with what the difficulties of my job were/are.

  21. I've come across some of that "time theft monitoring" software in my time, some companies will actually have keystroke loggers similar to ones some viruses use to track you

  22. After a while, I lost track of the number of times that my then-wife worked for free because "so-and-so is my friend." Finally, I said, "In that situation, you are her employee. She is getting money for your work."

  23. I had a job where it was common to hear some variation of "If you wanna get a promotion, do the work of the position you want to get promoted to." Literally, do your job and someone else's if you hope to get fair compensation…some day….maybe.

  24. This is why I'll be doing my time for a couple more years, getting my certifications, then starting my own business. If I have employees, it'll be co-op because that seems to be the most fair structure.

  25. There’s only 3 ways to survive your office job. Two of those ways are shown in the 1999 movie Office Space. The first way is to find someone to file a lawsuit against and become so rich you’ll never have to work again. This is what Tom Smykowski did after he was hit and injured by a drunk driver. The second way is to steal a large amount of money from the company and never, ever get caught. This is what Milton Waddams did, and he’s now sitting on a beach enjoying margaritas and also never has to work again.

    The third and final way to survive your office job is to be lucky enough to win the lottery and then be wise enough not to spend it all like there’s no tomorrow and you’ll never, ever go broke. All three of these ways allow you to leave your office job, which is how you survive.

  26. I used to work at Enterprise Rent a Car several years ago and when I initially started there they told me I would work at most two Saturdays a month. I was too desperate for a "real" job at the time to argue against it or see what they were setting me up for but fast forward a year and a half they had me going three straight Saturdays and when a new manager rolled into my branch he scheduled me for a 4th because we "needed more help" on the weekends, nevermind that I had scheduled a Friday off to get a much needed 3 day weekend and was schedule to work Saturday again the following week. I told him all this, flabberghasted that he couldn't afford me one full weekend in a month and all he said was "is this going to be a problem?" Two weeks after I told him I'm quitting and starting a new job and cited that moment as the final straw that broke the camel's back. These places really could give less than a shit about the time you put into their business, they just want you to bleed and sweat for them on command and I decided not long after that to never work in the private sector again (currently in non profit which is a whole nother animal but still far less irritating).

  27. I'm honestly surprised this hasn't been banned, corporations do not want their workers seeing this or even starting to think this. I realized this at a call center, I swear so many people praised the Company for what they're doing for them. They always shared their "stories" and it's always propaganda for the Company. Something needs to be done about this, the longer I think about these poor individuals who don't realize this is happening, and how stressed out they are about losing their jobs, the more terrifying it gets to me.

  28. I worked in an office for many years and on occasion, there was a rush on a report so I was pressured to write it faster than usual, something I could do but it meant I would suffer pain in my hands and fingers for days afterwards, but my boss would say it needs to be done. I pointed I was working harder, but receiving the same pay, so I was getting less money for harder work and would suffer for days because of it and he would give me that look dogs give when you pretend to throw a ball. He owned the business and didn’t understand that as a wage slave, I didn’t really care when the report got out.

  29. Most employees are told not to discuss their wages with each other. But in most states, it's illegal for employers to say that.

  30. That part about always looking for something better is something I didn't learn until my department was eliminated and I got the boot 3 months after going cross-country for a new job. I wish I'd heard that advice sooner

  31. Brilliant. Reminds me of the law firm orientation video in Harvey Birdman. And thank goodness for the ACA! I could never have switched to self-employment without it.

  32. I keep seeing so many jobs which are commission pay only. And you know that always adds up to less than minimum wage, even if youre working constantly. I don't know how it's not illegal, honestly.

  33. ………it is always nice watching videos like this and hearing about all these awful things that aren't being done to you at work.

    Oh, sure, there's still plenty of other crap they throw at me, duh, a "comparatively nice" company is not the same thing as a good and generous one, but there is some comfort there >_>.

  34. Pro-tip: if you watch this with headphones on your lunch break and your boss glances at your phone, they’ll think you’re just watching The Office.

  35. 2 things, one cops are part of the capitalist state that defends private property. And 2 even though you may be in a union, the union leadership often views the struggles of the worker through the prism or framework of the bosses, if a contract comes up, workers will have to doubly struggle against concessions put forward by the labor tops from the bosses. A union is only good enough if the members and leadership is militant enough to stand up to the bosses. So caution.

  36. In regards to joining a union- if you’re in Australia, and you work retail, your employer may encourage you to join a union….

    Their union. The SDA (or Shoppies) Union is nothing but a scam union and they work for big retail, not for the workers. The Retail and Fast Food Union however- they were started by the workers and work for the workers. Join them instead.

  37. Wait – is there anybody out there who thinks that HR is on the workers' side?

    HR has 3 jobs: hiring/firing; union busting, and avoiding lawsuits.

  38. 5:15 We have an electronig stamping system. Last month they installed a "mandatory to use" button to signal that the break you're taking is a smoking break. Naturally me and my other smoking coworkers keep using the normal break button. We see no reason that the time we take off to smoke should be transparent to our employer in any way.
    God I hope I can get into a job at a unionized company after this year.

  39. my current company is everything this video is talking about. I can say unironically that these are great tips that can actually work and protect you in the workplace. Don't be afraid to fight for yourself. Do it calmly, consistently, and keep records. Bonus tip* when being assigned too much work, showing boss a list of your work and asking him to clarify his priorities is like throwing cold water on their wage-slavery boner.

  40. What blows my mind is that most people have no choice but to submit themselves to wage labour (as your video alludes to) however they go through their lives accepting it as reality and just tolerate it. It's amazing that nowhere near enough people have woken up to their ever-increasing exploitation under a constantly festering hyper-capitalist system.
    You'd think we'd have at least a solid social democratic system in place in most Western countries by now, but here we are still struggling to even keep reactionary and far-right politics at bay, which would only serve to intensify and exasperate the very problems your video has addressed.

  41. Every word spoken here is factual. For those who have yet to enter the working world, feel lucky you didn't have to learn the hard way!

  42. a really nice thing about working in a unionized workplace is we have straightforward, set pay scales and clear guidance on OT and stuff. Like, I know basically what all my coworkers make, and they know what I make. It really goes a long way towards making me feel like I'm not competing for crumbs of generosity against my colleagues, I'm just getting paid for my job in accordance with our agreements, the job I'm doing and how long I've been doing it. Easy and straightforward all round.

  43. I work in a call center doing tech support for a small communications company in my country and so much of this is true even outside of the USA. I fantasize about going Office Space and getting super honest about company fuckery.

  44. I feel so lost, working at Spectrum. Many of the things here don't apply- the pay and benefits are shockingly good, for what it is.

    But being the face of such a maligned company is so stressful, and they so rigidly control the way I use every minute of my day, I'm getting stress ulcers and my acne is returning for the first time in years. I'm 28.

    I dream of quitting every day and joining one of the sexy young companies here in my city.

    I just want my children to have health insurance, and to be able to afford child support.

  45. as much as i love your film analysis i'm really enjoying that you're breaking out into more direct and applied leftist talking points

  46. This is why I'm happy to be working as an overnight security guard.
    No bosses hovering around from 8 PM to 8 AM.
    No chatty or nosy co-workers.
    Fully autonomous.
    Only a skeleton crew to monitor and we stay out of each other's way.
    Good Wi-Fi. So I can stream away.
    So long as nothing gets stolen, no one gets hurt or dies, and the place doesn't end up a smoldering crater…
    Nobody really cares what I do.
    I basically fly under the radar.

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