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Resistance movement against submission to the work and consumerism fetish


Global Goals & Global Society
Resistance movement against submission to the work and consumerism fetish


What was formerly referred to as "the big quit" in the USA and "tang ping" in China is now being referred to as the "laying flat" movement.


Imagine that it is time to leave for work, but nobody leaves. That may serve as the text for a fresh round of flyers.


Employers are now attacked everywhere, notably by those who work: in their self-image, namely, that they liberally give labor and that ever-long lines develop of individuals who want to accept it. This is in addition to existential problems about the nature of their firm. Not just the nursing and tourist businesses are finding that this is no longer the reality.


When it became clear that the privileged educated Generation Y no longer wanted to go "all the way to the top" at any cost and did not equate the purpose in life with this career success, the good old career ladder—a symbol of the perpetual need to climb and elbows extended far—was already toppled a good ten years ago. We get you, let's make it nice together - but fundamentally exactly as before. A few minor interventions, such sabbaticals, the corporate takeover of the meaning discussion, pretty snack kitchens and slides along with wuzzel tables, should signal there. Even the salaries have been doubled by Goldman Sachs so that workers can put in 15 hours each day.


From slouching and snoozing


That obviously didn't work. Not with the change that is the focus of media reality on the modern workplace, at least. But it also didn't work in other socioeconomic contexts, when one must truly cut away and where there is no opportunity for discussion. The "big quit" followed in the US, with millions of people simply giving up without having anything else to do. A new wave of part-time employment is emerging in Austria: Work? Yes, but not for forty hours. at least not in terms of compensation or reliance on a single employment.


A new resistance movement against submission to the work and consumerism fetish is currently being fueled by pandemic tiredness, doomsday expectations, and incessant demands to replace colleagues who have dropped out or are absent: "laying flat." Under "tang ping," this became a significant issue in China last year. It is now with us. It is understood and modified as necessary, from lying around and sleeping to the Buddhist attitude and contemplation to continual engagement with an ostensibly hostile outside environment instead of dozing. Or as a sort of unemployment hibernation till the better season, spring, arrives.


Workplace issues can negatively impact our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Job unhappiness, workplace accidents, stress, bullying and discrimination, violence, accidental deaths, and retirement are common problems. Distress and difficulty can also result from a loss of employment, layoffs, or an unanticipated decrease in income.


A better work-life balance will benefit parents and caregivers. Additionally, the anticipated rise in female employment, their greater wages, and professional advancement will favorably affect their and their families' economic success, social inclusion, and health.

Companies will gain from a larger talent pool, a more driven and effective workforce, and a decrease in absenteeism. The increase in women's employment will also help solve the issue of demographic aging and ensure the financial stability of Member States.


A work-life balance benefits not only the worker, but also the environment and everything it affects. a whole series of the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved if global society enjoys its work. For good results, hard work and passion have to be connected.




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