Office Politics at "Woke" Companies
I received about half a dozen messages asking for my opinion about the following Twitter thread.
It warns about woke-ism at tech companies. This is old news–you should work construction if you want to avoid it.
However, I think it’s a good idea to warn newcomers.
This Twitter thread describes large tech companies obsessing about employee mental health, asking you to “show some vulnerability.”
Don’t be fooled–they don’t care about your mental health. It’s a test.
You should never respond honestly.
It’s the same as the company asking about your personal beliefs in politics, religion, etc.
Here’s what happens:
Someone expresses a vulnerability. “Racism is stressing me out, I can’t focus on work. I feel like I’ll be shot while walking to the grocery store. It’s ruining my mental health, and my friends have stopped talking to me because they can’t handle my anxiety.”
They feel exposed. They’re naked and you’re still fully clothed–it’s uncomfortable for someone to express vulnerability without you reciprocating, regardless of whether it is at work, with friends, or in dating. Additionally, misery loves company (sad people enjoy being around other sad people).
They force everyone else to share a “vulnerability,” making them feel less insecure.
Now you are exposed too, and they can hold it against you at any point in the future.
Here’s another example.
In this video, the aggressor feels insecure because he’s sick.
So, in order to make sure he doesn’t seem weak, he attacks the strongest looking guy in the room.
Now, in an office situation, you won’t get attacked.
Instead, they’ll start hunting for your vulnerabilities by asking you to “share.”
When you are asked to show a vulnerability, you need to demonstrate something emotional, but has no connection to a personal flaw.
Example? “I get really sentimental when I see someone with their dog on Instagram. I had a childhood dog that grew old and died. I miss him so much.”
This has no affect on your quality as a person because it has no ties to your job, relationship skills, or serious mental health.
Now compare that to something like, “My mother keeps trying to control my life. She keeps asking me when I’m going to apply for college and get a real job instead of playing with computers and internet money.”
Let’s break down all the negative things I can immediately assume from this:
Poor relationship with mother and family
Not a good romantic partner
Low confidence, can’t set boundaries with mother
Poor leadership skills, not a good candidate for promotion
Father doesn't provide input or help you
Daddy issues (mental health problems)
Insecurity about career, might leave for university
Need to start training replacement just incase
Spending time on internet money
Not really passionate about programming outside of work, obsessed with money instead of “making an impact,” hates the environment, might be conspiracy theorist about money/government thus could be right-wing/libertarian (pedo)
Too stressed to focus at work
Should not be given additional responsibility because can’t handle it
In a heated disagreement, people look for anything that will cause maximum pain. Any weakness will be exploited. “Need more time? Well maybe you should have spent less time on internet money like your mother says.”
As always: smile, nod, agree.
Be Keanu Reeves: