A worker’s skit about the layoff has gone viral on TikTok, sparking debate over corporate jargon.
The worker named Legzeii (@legzeii) posted the video on January 23. As of January 25, the video has been viewed over 134,000 times.
In the video, Legzeii sat at his desk and joined a Zoom meeting. He used audio from another viral layoff saying, “Thanks for joining. I’m actually here to inform you that today is your last day at Captivate. We realized that this is no longer a critical role for the company.”
Legzeii pretended to look shocked, then picked up his keyboard as if to smash his computer screen.
The TikToker contextualizes the situation in a text overlay. “Me, as soon as my company decides to terminate my contract without notice,” he wrote.
@legzeii Check out the latest video, it’s heartbreaking #legzeii #work #worklife #office #officelife #ethics ♬ Original sound – Ori
In the comments section, viewers discussed the company jargon used in the firing.
“It’s the classic corporate babble about the word ‘role’ that gets me,” wrote one user.
Others criticized the HR worker’s “high” and “condescending” tone.
“It’s always the singsong ‘WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE IN THE COMPANY!!’ the WORST,” commented one user.
“The needlessly condescending tone is sooooooo #American,” wrote a second.
“It’s the long hhhiiiiiii uhhhhmmmm. HR is not a critical role,” added another.
The Daily Dot contacted Legzeii via Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 5:59 pm CST
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.
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