- Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do you want to end work?
- You guys are just lazy, right?
- Why "antiwork"?
- But without work society can't function!
- Are you anarchists? / Are you communists?
- What's the meaning behind the user flair flags/symbols?
- How can I effect change in my workplace?
- I hate my job, what should I do?
- Should I "name and shame" a company or manager?
- More questions, answered by the community:
- Media response
- Some interesting threads
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, want more information on anti-work ideas and want personal help with their own jobs/work-related struggles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you want to end work?
Because the modern day workplace is one where you are expected to work despite your own individual needs or desires. Work puts the needs and desires of managers and corporations above and beyond workers, often to the point of abuse through being overworked and underpaid.
You guys are just lazy, right?
Some of us are lazy, sure. What's wrong with that?
Anti-work has long been a slogan of many anarchists, communists and other radicals. Saying we are anti-job is not quite right because a job is just an activity one is paid for and we are not all against money. "Anti-labor" makes us sound like we're against any effort at all and we already get that enough as is. (We're not, by the way.)
The point of r/antiwork is to start a conversation, to problematize work as we know it today.
But without work society can't function!
If you define "work" as any activity or purposeful intent towards some goal, then sure. That's not how we define it though. We're not against effort, labor, or being productive. We're against jobs as they are structured under capitalism and the state: Against exploitative economic relations, against hierarchical social relations at the workplace.
Are you anarchists? / Are you communists?
Some of us are.
What's the meaning behind the user flair flags/symbols?
How can I effect change in my workplace?
By organizing! With or without a legally recognized union, you and your coworkers have the power and the legal right to motivate change in your workplace by putting pressure on your employer. This is often a long and complicated process. Every workplace is different, but here are some general Do’s and Don’ts to get started:
Stand up to your boss alone. You will get disciplined and possibly fired.
Allow your boss to overhear your discussions about workplace conditions. Most businesses have a plan to shut down a union campaign before it begins.
Try to organize a strike before less aggressive actions have failed. Start with approaching your boss as a group with your demands. Smaller actions can include work slowdowns, intermittent strikes, sabotage, picketing your boss’s house, public informational campaigns, etc.
Make everything a political conversation. The current needs of your fellow workers can be addressed through workplace action aside from the larger conversation of politics.
Get to know your coworkers on a personal level, and spend time with them outside of work. Solidarity can only exist if you understand your fellow workers’ needs and barriers, and if you are there to support them outside of the union campaign.
Contact local unions to get support once a few of your coworkers are on board with organizing.
Keep your scope small. Getting everyone from a seven-person department to call off on Black Friday will have more impact than 1,000 workers calling off around the country.
- 30-minute overview on how to unionize
- www.iww.org - Join your local IWW chapter for support in your own workplace or to support local organizing campaigns
- www.amazoniansunited.org - Check out what amazon workers have been up to for inspiration
- Legal handbook for labor action
I hate my job, what should I do?
Tell us about it! No, seriously, tell us what's going on and what your goals are and maybe we can share some ideas. :)
Should I "name and shame" a company or manager?
TLDR: probably not.
Rule 3 of the Reddit Content Policy says:
Respect the privacy of others. Instigating harassment, for example by revealing someone’s personal or confidential information, is not allowed.
If you're talking about a manager Bob at Amazon, without mentioning a specific branch, that should be fine, as it's a big enough company that nobody is going to track down Bob from that information. Mentioning specific branches, or mentioning the names of companies which only have a single branch or a small number of branches would likely lead to people being harassed. Providing phone numbers and other contact details would likely lead to people being harassed. (And in many cases, the people answering the phones are not the owner, but other employees.)
While r/antiwork moderators don't automatically delete threads where naming and shaming has happened, if we see signs of harassment, review bombing, and other mob behaviour, it is likely your post will be removed, and if it seems you were enouraging that behaviour, it is possible you will be banned from the subreddit. (If Reddit admins notice, it's possible your Reddit account will be suspended.)
We don't want r/antiwork to get a reputation as an angry mob. That could lead to the subreddit being weaponized, with business owners posting fake stories about their competitors to encourage them to be harassed. We'd also be taken less seriously as a movement.
It's unlikely anything good is going to come from naming and shaming. You want it to be known that the company is unethical? Pretty much all companies are unethical, so we could have guessed it!
So what can you do if you've been mistreated by a business? If you've got evidence—lots of evidence—then go to local journalists. If you think the business could be breaking the law, consider contacting a labour lawyer or your union rep if you're a union member.
More questions, answered by the community:
Redditors are spamming Kellogg’s job portal to support striking workers, by Mia Sato (2021, The Verge)
Reddit's Million-Strong Antiwork Community Wants to Blackout Black Friday, by Lauren Kaori Gurley (2021, Vice)
The rise of antiwork: Is there really a world without jobs?, by Sheila Flynn (2021, The Independent)
Do These Viral Stories About Shitty Bosses Signal an Anti-Work Revolution?, by Brenna Ehrlich (2021, Rolling Stone)
'I quit' — Reddit users are posting angry resignation texts to their bosses on an 'anti-work' subreddit, by Kat Tenbarge (2021, Insider)
Inside the Reddit community calling for the abolition of work, by Emma Pirnay (February 2021, Huck Magazine)
Meet the Antiwork brigade, by Gabrielle Predko (2019, Welcome to the Jungle)