13 Work Scams That Have Become So Normalized Today

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Have you ever wondered about the actual cost of arriving to work 15 minutes early or the subtle coercion of ‘Do it For The Team’? What about the bureaucracy of ‘Bereavement Time’? 

Uncover these workplace scams that have become so commonplace you might not even notice them.

1. ‘Team Lead’

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Someone on Reddit defined team lead as a position that gets you management responsibilities without management pay. It’s basically a promotion without a raise. True, ‘Team Lead’ at the workplace is a scam.

2. ‘Do It For The Team’

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The phrase “Do it for the team; others are counting on you” is common in many workplaces today. Redditors agree that most employers use this phrase to get free labor.

3. Unpaid Lunches

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When did unpaid lunches become the norm?

4. Wage Theft

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Many types of wage theft exist in our workplaces, and much of it is so routine that we hardly notice it. Unpaid overtime, paying for parking at the workplace, and converting colons to decimals in hours worked are just a few forms of wage theft that we often overlook.

5. Sick Days

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This is one of the biggest work scams ever. Remind me again why an employer would first slash off available PTO (paid time off) before getting to the sick days. Being off sick is not a vacation. Why can’t employers understand this?

6. Work Itself

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One Redditor had this to say of work itself as a work scam: “… it’s not the most noticeable one; not at the forefront, not the most viscerally felt. It’s like background radiation, slowly killing all of us”. I can’t agree more.

7. Being On Salary

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Come to think of it, salary often favors the employer, especially with frequent overtime, where they can avoid paying extra. Need to leave early? They take it out of your vacation. If you need a day off, give out a month’s notice. In instances like these, being on salary can feel like SUCH a scam.

8. Work Sponsored Healthcare

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Healthcare tied to full-time employment is a scam. What about those with two part-time jobs? 

9. ‘Arrive 15 Minutes Before Your Shift Starts’

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Your shift starts at 9 a.m., but your manager wants you at your desk at 8.45 a.m. or 8.30 a.m. Allow me to ask what someone on Reddit already did: isn’t setting up to work WORK? 

10. Grief Time

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How do companies determine how much time is enough to grieve a family member? And how close is close enough actually to be granted time off work to grieve? Because nothing says compassion like turning the grieving process into a bureaucratic puzzle!

11. Unpaid Commute Time and Its Expenses

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Apparently, this is how HR managers guarantee that only people who live near the workplace are hired nowadays. 

12. 30 Days Resignation Notice

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Most employers require a month’s notice for resignations to secure a good reference or a chance to be rehired. Meanwhile, they can fire you on the spot without any warning. Ah, the joys of workplace balance!

13. Paid Time off (PTO)

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PTO is a huge scam. Because it is paid time off, employers feel they reserve the right to decide whether you deserve the day or hour off.

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