A woman’s viral TikTok about office culture sparks online debate. Some users of the video-sharing platform find going back to the office “a nightmare” and “the company culture is long gone”.
Elly Manuel (@1corporatemillennial) posted the clip of herself sitting at her desk on May 25th. “What’s going on in my head when leadership talks about how important it is to be in the office for the culture,” their text overlay reads. The song played in their video is “Welcome To Duloc” from the 2001 film “Shrek”.
@1corporatemillennial as we endure zoom calls alone in our office 🤦🏼♀️ #corporateamerica #corporatemillennial #millennialsoftiktok #corporatehumor #workhumor #officehumor #wfh #wfhlife #workfromhome #9to5 #9to5life #jobhumor #relatable #workfromhome #workfromhomehumor ♬ Welcome to Duloc-Hope Levy & Jill Bogard
As of Thursday, the clip has over 62,900 views.
In the comments, one user regretted his own experience bringing him back to the office “just to take virtual calls and make Susan cough in front of me all day.”
“Those who are pushing the return the hardest seem to be the ones who are socializing the most while the rest of us try to work,” another TikToker wrote.
“It’s important for the leadership so they can keep their kingdom,” commented a third.
“The corporate culture is long gone,” commented another user.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote working, which many employees have found to be better for their lifestyle and work-life balance. A 2020 study found that nearly three-quarters of professionals want remote work to become the “standard.” A whopping 97% don’t want to go back to the office full-time.
The Daily Dot emailed Manuel to comment.
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*Initial publication: June 9, 2022 at 6:33 p.m. CDT
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