How to Avoid Work Exploitation During an Economic Crisis

Pandemic is not an excuse to take advantage of employees

Joanna Henderson
Jun 18, 2020 · 5 min read
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Demand Compensation for Extra Work

Don’t listen to your manager if they start talking about how lucky you are while others are jobless — this is a form of manipulation.

Refuse to Work for Two

Pandemic is not a reason to merge three positions into one and expect a single employee to handle all the work at a lower pay rate.

Don’t Allow Your Boss to Guilt-Trip You

Refuse to work for free and value your input.

Reject Someone Else’s Job Duties

Working from a home space constitutes convenience and comfort, not extra unpaid labour.

Deny the “You Work from Home” Tactics

You are not a volunteer — you’re a paid employee.

Recognize Threats and Blackmail

Always Watch Out for Red Flags

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Canadian. Mental health activist. Banker and financier who drinks too much coffee. Pursuing happiness and sharing my thoughts with others.

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