Career coach says boss hiring work besties should sound the alarm

A career coach’s viral TikTok about how a new boss hires work besties has sparked debate on the app, with people divided on whether hiring friends and former colleagues is a good or bad thing for the workplace.

The six-second clip, which has amassed 1.4 million views, is part of a trend surrounding Taylor Swift’s song “Exile” — specifically the lyric: “I think I’ve seen this movie before and I didn’t like the ending .”

TikTok user Louisa, who posts under the name @careerbend, syncs the lyrics, accompanied by onscreen text that reads, “When a new boss comes along and immediately hires his old co-workers on the team.”

@careerbend 🚨 alarm bells are ringing! #newboss #corporatelife #worklife ♬ Original sound – club90sla

Louisa looks tense in the video and makes her position on the scenario clear, adding in the TikTok description: “Alarm bells are ringing!”

In the comments, several people agreed that bosses hiring old work friends in a new workplace can be a red flag, with one user recalling how when it happened at his own workplace it “just poisoned the office.” and caused everyone to leave. Another claimed he was “completely convinced” that this is how “toxic work environments” begin, while another commenter added that “nepotism and/or nepotism” is the “first stage of a company’s demise”.

However, despite TikToker’s concerns and several commenters, others insisted that hiring former colleagues at a new company isn’t always necessarily a bad thing.

“There’s nothing wrong with strong teams coming together, but they must be earned and qualified,” noted one commenter. “In some cases it can be a sign of a great manager!” Another added, “Before you judge, check if the ‘beast’ is indeed a great professional who fits your boss’s new project like a glove. “

People who had held both ‘boss’ and ‘bestie’ positions in the past also spoke out, with one employer admitting, “It has taken me years to find and develop talent. And the setting is really challenging. Why wouldn’t I pull people I already knew were strong?” Another commenter added, “As one of those work besties who just followed your old boss to a new job, I swear we don’t all are bad!”

Louisa didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: September 28, 2022 at 7:43 am CDT

Charlotte Columbus

Charlotte is a chronic online culture journalist with bylines in outlets like Insider, Rolling Stone, Dazed, VICE, and The Independent.

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