Arbeiter says ideas are often stolen at work and not given recognition

One worker says she is “unprepared” for her ideas to be dismissed at work, only to be implemented later without recognition, sparking discussion about misogyny in corporate culture.

In the video posted by TikToker Sassysonali (@sassysonali) on Oct. 4, she sews a viral video that urges users to share something they “weren’t prepared” for about the corporate world.

“You can share an idea or a proposal that gets closed, but then your team decides to go for it and doesn’t give you credit for originally developing it,” she says in the clip.

@sassysonali #stitch with @jennahushka #corporateamerica #corporatelife #corporatetiktok #work ♬ Original sound – sassysonali

The video had been viewed over 265,000 times as of October 10, with commenters saying they’ve noticed this happening to many women workers in their workplaces.

“Or your idea gets scrapped, then 5 minutes later in the exact same meeting a male colleague repeats it exactly and suddenly it’s his great idea,” wrote one commenter.

“That you make a suggestion – it gets ignored, but then the same idea is shared by a man and the idea is supported,” said another.

“The person you report to will always appreciate your work or ideas. Especially if it’s a man,” added a third.

Others suggested that employees document their ideas in pitch decks and corporate communications so they can show their idea was used in performance reviews.

“That’s why I put all my ideas in pitch decks and leave a limp trail,” said one user.

“Yup…happened for years…and why do I write it all down and have an email trail…then I send it up the chain,” wrote another.

The Daily Dot reached out to @sassisonali via TikTok comment.


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*Initial Release: Oct 10, 2022 3:17pm CDT

Rebekah Harding

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