During the Soviet Union’s final 15 or 20 years, there was a “joke” that was both cynical and popular among Communist workers: “They pretend to pay us; we pretend to work.”
I believe the attitude expressed in that “joke” was a fundamental cause for the “evil empire’s” demise. The government wasn’t really paying the people for their work. The people weren’t really working for their “pay”.
Everyone was lying. The Communist government lied about paying people. The people lied about working.
The resultant breakdown in the relationship between the government-employer and the worker-employees destroyed what was once the second most powerful nation the earth had ever seen.
There’s a lesson in the USSR’s demise about the need to really “pay” people for their work and stop all the lying.