TikToker and tech CEO Theresa Sue (@resasue), who bills herself as the “founding father of #techtok” on the popular social media platform, often uploads content related to her work in enterprise tech along with Suggestions for other users on how to best master their professional life.
She recently posted that the most valuable asset anyone in America can have is emotional maturity, which sparked a discussion in the comments section of her now viral clip.
In the video, Theresa explains that as a longtime tech-turned-CEO, she’ll be sharing the “number tip for surviving in the corporate world.”
“Personally, I don’t feel that way about my employees, but I’ll tell you the truth,” she says. “Emotional maturity is the best thing you can do for your career. Why? Because HR doesn’t care, your boss doesn’t care, and most likely your coworkers don’t care and they hire you. OK?”
“Don’t cry to the people who don’t care about you, cry to your grandma, your mom, your best friend, your dad, whoever,” she continues. “What you have to do is document what you have to do and use it when you need it. Thank me later.”
@resasue How to survive in the corporate world? #corporatetiktok #andGO #techtok ♬ Original sound – Theresa Sue
Theresa’s comments prompted a litany of mixed reactions in the comments section. There were some people who remarked that their time in America’s corporations was just like that, while others raised questions about how best to document conflicts in the workplace and handle them in an emotionally mature way.
There were also some viewers who watched her video and expressed that their experiences with some HR professionals were different from theirs; They felt that the staff were genuine and genuinely cared about them.
Others noted that it is irrelevant whether co-workers or HR staff “take care” of their problems at work as they still have to fulfill their documentation obligations, so they should invest more in completing these tasks before worrying about them whether someone at work liked her or not.
“Facts!!!!!!!! I’ve been in tech for almost 2 years now and I’ve learned really fast!” wrote one user.
“I don’t disagree, but also … there are a lot of HR professionals, executives and employees who absolutely support you and care about you. Go into these rooms,” shared another.
“Documentation is key,” agreed a third.
“Yeah. Keep calm too. Be friendly but not too much,” said another.
Others summed up Theresa’s arguments a bit more simply.
“It’s the workplace, not high school. HR won’t do much and it’s probably better to get a therapist instead,” wrote one user.
Forbes authored a 2019 article listing “8 Reasons to Fear” Gen Z employees in the workplace, citing analysis by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, who says there are some guiding Gen Z perceptions that contradict some mindsets of previous generations to oppose them obsessively, namely: “what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker… always trust your feelings…[and that] Life is a battle between good and bad people.”
These fundamental differences in belief in larger philosophical principles, says Haidt, are affecting the way Gen Z operates. This is especially true given that one’s “feelings” take precedence over actionable tasks that need to be done. Theresa refers to this phenomenon: actively expressing dissatisfaction with a task without recording the physical work done.
Haidt says these three traits can prove difficult in team scenarios with some Gen Z employees, because “Working in a company requires a very high level of cooperation and the ability to suppress one’s concerns for the good of the team . Such norms are at odds with the callout culture and safety mindset that some college graduates bring to the workplace.”
However, the same Forbes article argues that, like any cultural mindset shift, trying to alter/adapt these personalities to match the previous generations is more than likely a foolish errand: “Yet instead of deluding ourselves that we will ever succeed To change or manage them, older generations may simply need to understand Gen Z as best they can. It is possible that Gen Z will also understand us.”
The Daily Dot emailed Theresa for further comment.
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*Initial publication: October 8, 2022 at 8:27 am CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering trending human interest/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always tries to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and relevant facts to those stories to create your not-so-average viral post.
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