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Hello, everyone! We're back this February with another round of exciting talks!
First up is a discussion on a subject everyone has an opinion on: Balancing work with raising children. It's something that's increasingly out of reach these days, but is there anything that can be done about it? Join us on February 1 as we hear both from parents and from those who might like to raise children but otherwise can't.
Next, we have a discussion week asking a question that's near and dear to antiwork: What is the working class, exactly? Is it just a buzzword, or is there something deeper to it? It's one of those terms that can sound stuffy and inaccessible, but as we'll see on February 8, it's nothing to fear at all.
As the month heads on, we'll delve deeper into the philosophical question of what gives you purpose in life. The Japanese concept of ikigai has popped up a few times in our talks before, but on February 15, it gets its chance to shine as we find ways to embrace the absurdity of human existence by defining our own purpose.
Finally, we have another of our famed Open Mic Nights! These nights allow you to share your stories in a safe, supportive environment. Have an issue at work you want to get off your chest? Hear something interesting about the latest strike in France? If we can't get to it elsewhere in the month, we can get to it here. Come by on February 28 and enjoy!
Please note that the 4 hour time limit is a guideline, not a hard rule. Weeks may run slightly longer or shorter depending on circumstances.
February 1 - Work and Parenthood Week - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 8 - Discussion Week: What Is The Working Class? - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 15 - Ikigai: Defining Your Purpose - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 22 - Open Mic Night - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
I got fired yesterday for "time theft".
For some context I worked in a huge warehouse, I was an auditor working from the office at the front of the warehouse. My job was basically to got to each area and perform random audits of the operations, associates, stuff like that.
I worked 12 hour long shifts, this job was one of the easiest I've ever had. If I hustled I could easily get it done in 4 hours, this job was never meant to be stretched over 12 hours. I was still technically an hourly associate though, subject to punching in and out of a time clock, even though 90% of the time I was a one man department. I had total access to everywhere and total freedom to work at my own pace. I had a job to get done every week, a report to publish, and that was it. My supervisor didn't care how I went about it as long as I got my work done.
Right from the start I realized this job was just a bunch of sitting around and waiting. My direct supervisor told me this when I got it. So I got bored fast and being a smoker I would step out every so often for an extra smoke break. This wasn't something I just started doing on my own though, this was a learned behavior. I was technically only given a 20 min break a day, and an unpaid 30 min lunch. But lots of other managers and several of my peers took extra smoke breaks. I thought it was like an unspoken perk of the job. I did this for the last 2 years and no one said a word.
Today I got pulled in by a lady on the loss prevention team. She said she's been watching me, straight up told me they have hidden cameras, and that she had added up all my smoke breaks from the last 2 years and told me I owed the company $290.
I told them I took full responsibility and if they wanted to work something out to recoup there money I would be willing. My job was worth more than that 200 bucks. But no, they terminated me. I've never been fired before, I never got a write up, I thought I got along well with almost everyone, and I had excellent performance reviews, not a scratch on my record. They even waited for a day my immediate supervisor wasn't there, I know he would've at the very least said something to try and stop it.
I asked them what was the difference if I was sitting at my desk or sitting outside, I had no work. I was still on site in case anyone had any questions. It didn't matter. They wanted me to sit at that desk for hours on end, staring at a fuckin excel sheet that I was done with 4 hours into my shift. If y'all wanted a robot you should've just bought a damn robot.
Fuck that place. And fuck those people.
I freaked out at first, I still am kind of. That job paid for my family's insurance and my mortgage and car, it was one of the best paying jobs I've ever had. But we'll be ok, I have an amazing wife, who without I would've for sure lost everything. She's my rock. And I already got one of my old jobs back. They were very excited to have me back actually. Unemployed for about 4 hours, that's a record for me.
I'm just so sick of this corporate world with it's dumbass arbitrary rules and drama like I'm back in highschool.
Thanks for letting me rant a little, even writing this all out helped me feel a little better.
Wow this blew up! Thank you to everyone for all the kind words and support (there's a couple bootlickers but the overwhelming majority of y'all are amazing!)
A lot of you are wondering where I'm at. I worked for TJX, and I'm in Arizona.
I'm not going to try to fight it, I know I broke their policy, even if it is a dumbass policy, and I'm sure they've got me on camera, it's not like I was sneaking around. Also if you know anything about labor laws in the US, workers have very little protection especially in AZ. It's just not worth it to give them anymore of my energy. If they try to pull a fast one with my check though I'll raise hell then.
Today I got an old job back, they are hiring me on as a supervisor and trainer, so I don't have to start from scratch thankfully. It's still a pay cut but it's not like I'll be homeless anytime soon. I also have several interviews lined up already. I'm not a lazy worker, I just took advantage of the situation I was in and it bit me in the ass, also I'm fairly certain this was a long time coming.
Thanks again everyone, sorry I can't respond to everybody, this is by far my most popular post ever. And thank y'all for letting me get this off my chest!
When you screw up, you get fired. When a CEO screws up, he gets a $20 million severance package. How TF did we get here?
Update: My employer's nephew is graduating in 6 months. After a meeting with my boss, she stated in a politically correct way that I do not need anything on paper for me to stay at my job. She told me to have faith in God again.
I've been working for over 20 years and I'm tired of losing my job because of nepotism. Last week I posted about finding out my employer's nephew is graduating in 6 months and may take my job. For the past 5 years, I've worked hard to grow the business I'm working for. It's disappointing needing to leave my job again because some kid is going to take my job. The exact same situation happened about 8 years ago at another office I worked at. Both times the offices kept it from me that their young ones were going into the same job. My old employer's son graduated and I was laid off a few weeks after his son finished school.
Last week, people from this sub suggested I ask my employer if she could put something in writing about me staying with the office. I had a meeting with my boss in her office last week and asked in a professional way if she would consider drafting paperwork so I could have more security. I was told the same thing:
"There's nothing to worry about. God will take care of you."
My job is to help others. I've sacrificed 20 years of my life to help others and it's been soul sucking. I'm tired of being lied to and am considering changing my career and possibly starting my own business. Don't tell me that a higher power will take care of me. Plenty of good people have bad things happen to them so I trust myself than someone up in the sky.
I met with a lawyer last week and discussed my options. From my long history with the current job, I knew that something was inconsistent with their accounting. I brought evidence to my lawyer and a forensic accountant about the inconsistencies and they said I have a case that could bankrupt the company. My case and a report to the Department of Labor will trigger a 40 year audit. Not only will I be getting more money, other former workers will be entitled to more as well.
I had my lawyer's office serve my boss today. We'll see what happens and how the office reacts. I decided to not go in today and have a few interviews lined up regarding a new career. I am done being thought of as a patsy. If my employer asks me why I did this, I'll say.
"Don't worry. God will take care of you."
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The annual cost of living raise was pretty much cancelled out by my insurance going up.
I typed up a proposal on what I felt I should be making an why. As well as a spread sheet on income vs deductions. I got my approval on the spot.
It shows that if you are good at what you do you can present a case and get paid what your worth.
This is actually happening at my current job. Guy just left after a year for a great new opportunity. He was hired as a department manager, ends up being the whole department himself and our CEO doesn't want to replace him as he thinks that other workers can pick up that job along with their daily tasks 🙃
I've been a reporter for The Pulse, a science show made by WHYY that airs on NPR stations for five years. I helped edit SERUM, an excellent limited-run investigative podcast.
I also do stand up mostly local to Philly and New York. I post reels on my IG @ JadSlay, (about an hour's worth at this point) A lot of clips here too.
My boss /team all knew and didn't care. My stage name is just my first name, last initial, Jad S (Arabic last name, tough for hosts). I never talk about work.
But recently I got called into a meeting with no warning and fired on the spot for "egregious violations of WHYY values" because of those reels. Guess some exec(s)/director(s) of whatever saw them? I dunno.
My act isn't clean, deals with dark stuff, I'm a former Marine, an Arab Muslim from West Virginia and I used to be a war correspondent and EMT.
But in all my clips it's a room full of people laughing. (They’re all clips where I’m doing well obviously)
I told them I’m a complete unknown, no real fan base. If you’re at my level and try to do true edge lord stuff, you just bomb. I told them I get booked at black shows, gay clubs, up in the Poconos for old white people, everybody has fun.
Isn’t the laughter proof you're overreacting?
They didn't care, it's like they mentally edited out the audience. If I'm so shitty for telling these jokes, what's that make the laughing crowd?
My work knows I recently got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (had some trouble walking, stable atm tho) and losing my job means it's back to the VA hospital that's not really designed for that.
They flat didn't give a shit. It was kind of unreal just how enraged they were (again, not my team or my actual boss).
I dont think your employer should have a say in your off hours creative expression(unless you like shit talk them), but at the same time I wouldve changed my byline or stage name, whatever. Didn't get a chance. They said the meeting was over.
This all seems like a kind of moral extremism to me. You watch clips of a show that a diverse room full of people is enjoying and your reaction to that is... blind fury?
You go yeah for his jokes this guy needs to lose his livelihood and his doctors. I feel like these people would take me out back and shoot me if they could get away with it.
The VA has improved over the years so fingers crossed on that.
But I told them I wouldn't let them do this quietly. Ive been a journalist for 13 years and if I ever want to work in media again they'll ask why I was fired and it's out of the bag then anyway.
So i dunno, share my IG clips. Remote editing work would be dope (I do happen to be one of the best story editors around, google my work) Can I get a guestie on your bar show?
Does anyone else hate how “what you do for work” always becomes a topic when you are with extended family?
Went to a wedding earlier this week. And met a few people from extended family and friends who were at the same table. It feels so awful when the topic of work comes up. One guy is a software engineer at Microsoft making 150k at 23 years old. A 26 year old girl who was very cute is finishing up med school. Everyone is doing well for themselves, and then, there is me, 26 year old who couldn’t get a job for 2 years after finishing a psychology degree and now stuck working at an amazon warehouse.
It’s so embarrassing, I hate it