Disclaimer: The comments below don’t apply to all workplaces and life situations. Change your tab if you’re a die-hard hustle supporter and come back in a couple of years.
A while ago I started a Reedit thread on how inhumane the hustle culture was.
Here’s what someone wrote:
My friends and I were talking about this today. Someone at his company committed suicide just last week and he’s still processing it.
We’re all working in tech in various fields and we were noting how fragile everyone’s mental health was. My UX designer is constantly in tears. My senior PM is often in the toilets crying.
I don’t think the picture is clear black and white, but I’m finding times much more stressful and when I look around me there’s a lot of anxiety and depression.
I hear news of workers committing suicide at work or on the basis of work at least weekly. But they happen DAILY if not hourly. Here’s a list of suicide rates by industry.
This alone without all the stress-related stats is enough to open our eyes to how huge the problem is. But are we aware of this?
I don’t have any numbers, yet from what I’ve seen, most of these people are over 30 which could mean they’ve been stuck in a rut for years and haven been postponing it. That’s just an assumption though but worth thinking of.
What we need to remember though is that these “numbers” and “percentages” are real people. Like you. Like me. Like us.
No job security.
Long work hours.
No free time.
Workplace bullying. [Yes, it’s still a thing.]
All issues which start with management, specifically poor leadership. Not counting the 12.5/100,000 managers who are just slaves to the culture. I’ll get to this later.
It starts with a global system
Unfortunately, the current life system is keeping people stuck in jobs they don’t like and don’t want to do just because they need money. Simply put, they’re afraid they’ll go broke. In turn, they’re too scared to quit, too scared to say anything, to scared to keep living.
This also creates a false illusion that people are just obsessed with working.
A world where everyone is busy and everything they need to do at work is important. By nature, humans don’t value work alone. You love other things too, not just proactively contributing to the business world.Continue reading “Are You Pretending to Love Work? – The Hustle Culture and False Expertise”