When creator Margaret Skiff posted a TikTok about how she cries every Monday morning because she hates working at a company, she probably didn’t expect it to go viral — but the replies show just how much some people really do are satisfied with America work culture.
@margaretskiff If you’re one of my colleagues and you see this no, you haven’t #corporatelife #corporatetiktok #officejob #sad #job #9to5 #corporatejob #hatemyjob #depressed #fyp ♬ Original sound – Margaret
The clip has garnered more than 420,000 views since it was posted on September 12. People let her know they saw her TikTok and felt seen right away, and that crying isn’t just for Mondays, it’s every day that they have to go to work.
It’s not just the corporate world either. From retail to fast food to medicine, American workers are tired.
While some people suggested “just” finding an alternate job if you hate your current job, the issue revolves around money. Margaret made it clear that while the money keeps making her come back, it’s not her specific job in particular that she hates, it’s corporate America as a whole.
Wanting or needing money is an incentive for most workers, but this comes at a cost, something Margaret described as an “endless cycle” of stress and misery.
Many commenters also expressed despair about their future and the idea that they will have to do so by the time they retire, if they can retire at all.
Anti-capitalist sentiment continues to rise on social media, while wages and benefits are falling and service workers continue to face intense disrespect. It really seems like work and work culture in America are heading for a reckoning. In the meantime, as Margaret said, “the fact that I’m supposed to be doing this until retirement is discouraging.”
The Daily Dot has reached out to Margaret for comment and will update when she responds.
*Initial publication: October 17, 2022 at 4:25 pm CDT
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/worker-cries-monday-mornings/ A worker cries Monday morning because she can’t escape American society