The company had offered appealing incentives and appeared to have a positive work culture until they revealed their terms of work hours.
With the competitive and bustling lifestyle today, companies are relying on employees to pick up the pace. With several employees overworking and putting up with several toxic policies and behaviors, companies do not seem to care about employees’ health and living. However, workers are not up for the manipulation and are voicing their opinions. With the idea of “corporate math,” several employees are calling out the unjust practices organizations follow. Recently, @squiggotini, an employee shared how she escaped an exhausting job. Posting on TikTok, the woman decided to share her experience with the harsh job market.
She said, “If you’re wondering what the job market is like right now, let me tell you.” She then mentioned that she recently attended a final round interview and that she had been following up with the company in terms of interactions, presentations and whatnot. “This is after a month of talking to this company,” she said. The employee remarked that the incentives and description of the company sounded “really good.” She added, “People seemed happy at the company. I was okay with the product." She then revealed a deal-breaker incentive the company had, “They had a 4-day work week. I was like ‘Oh, that’s progressive.’”
The employee added that she was well flattered by the idea of the same as any candidate would be. However, she clarified that a 4-day work week could have two possible interpretations. She did the math and said, “It could be interpreted as 8 hours a day to make it 32 hours for the 4-day week. Or you’re still trying to fit the 40-hour business so now you’re working 10-hour work days.” However, the company seemed too good to be true and rightly so, the “corporate math” came into perspective. “Nothing could have prepared me for that final round interview in which they told me, ‘You’d be working a 4-day work week which is 12.5 hours a day because we expect you to work 50 hours in the week.”
The employee was baffled and in disbelief and towards the end of the video, her expressions stated that she was annoyed and agitated by their ridiculous terms. She concluded her video saying, “Don’t even list that benefit then.” Her video went viral and several fellow workers appreciated her for calling out the insane descriptions companies use to lure candidates into jobs. Receiving over 33k likes and over 800 comments, employees were raging at the scenario while some hilariously called it, knowing the job market’s toxic personality.
@itsbirdpath said, “People who think I mean 4 10s when I say 4-day work week are completely off the mark. Let alone whatever in the world this is.” The user indicated that the idea of a 4-day work week was ideally to reduce working hours to 8 hours a week. Contrary to this, companies slam the 4-day work week in their descriptions and exhaust workers for 10 hours and more.” @analaskanbear said, “4x10 isn’t a four-day work week, it’s just a compressed schedule.” Companies seriously have employees raging by manipulating them into 4-day work weeks and still exhausting them with over 10-hour shifts.