A worker cries Monday morning because she can’t escape American society

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.

Not me when I see this after just spending the whole morning crying on the phone to my mom about my job. PLSSSSS

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nd Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays

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We all cry, for me it's every day I work lol

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It’s not just the corporate world either. From retail to fast food to medicine, American workers are tired.

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I have worked in retail, restaurant, fast food, medical, housing and am currently in the company's human resources department. Trust me when I say this, everything is terrible!

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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.

To be clear, I don't hate my job specifically, I just hate working in a company. Corporate America doesn't suit me, but I'll stay for the pay

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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.

I've been applying for jobs for five days and every day I break down and cry that there's no way out and it never ends

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The same babe. Need to make more money but sooo tired and we're supposed to do this for a few more decades?

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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.

Not just you. I can't remember the last time I lived just 2 hours. It's been about 6 years.

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I'm 53 years old and today I thought to myself, I've literally spent my whole life working! Heck, why do we spend most of our lives at work?

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I am 44 and have been in my industry for 22 years. I cry about once a week. Something has to come soon.

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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.”

Being asked to do this until retirement is discouraging.

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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

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