The Anti-Work Movement Is Growing: Here’s What That Means

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 17, 2021

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In the midst of the “Great Resignation”, one internet community has exploded in size and popularity, embracing the movement and living workfree in general.

The subreddit r/antiwork is currently one of the fastest growing subreddits on the website Reddit, with over 1 million users.

According to the subreddit’s description, the forum is a place 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.”

We collected all the relevant statistics using Reddit’s data on this new, emerging community– and what it just might mean for the American workforce.

Key Facts

  • r/antiwork currently has 1,077,218 subscribers, making it the 485 most popular subreddit.
  • The group has more than doubled in size since October.
  • The forum sees 976 posts a day with over 20,000 daily comments.
  • Top keywords include “yachts”, “slaving”, “obituary”, “bootstraps”, “serfdom”, and “fast food.”

Top Anti-work Posts

  1. Quit my job last night, it was nice to be home to make the kids breakfast
  2. Who’s the boss now?
  3. Never told a boss off like this. And it felt amazing.
  4. This sub gave me the courage to quit my abusive job.
  5. Between a friend and his manager at a small packing plant.

What Does This Mean For The Job Market?

While there may be grumbling that “people just don’t want to work anymore”, the subreddit growth doesn’t entirely support that argument.

Sure, the majority of folks seem unhappy with the work status quo. However, most of the rage is reserved for long hours, poor pay, and crummy bosses/work environments.

Companies that provide a desirable workplace (and competitive benefits) may resist backlash– and in fact, might be able to poach the dissatisfied employees of other lackluster companies.

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Author

Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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