In a viral TikTok, a user complaining about having to do an icebreaker on a work call every Monday morning where people share their “up and downs from the weekend” strikes a chord with netizens.
Josh Benson (@joshbensontherapper) posted the TikTok on Monday with the caption, “Can I just go to work please?”
In the clip, Benson sits at a table and pretends to be listening to a team call. “When you’re in the 8am Monday meeting and you have to listen to everyone’s ‘ups and downs’ from the weekend,” reads the overlay text. The TikTok uses a voiceover originally uploaded by another TikTok user who poked fun at the practice.
“My high is that I’ve done some gardening and my low is knowing that those pesky weeds will grow back,” says one woman.
“My high was watching a movie and my low was eating a bad carrot,” the voiceover continues, with the user pretending to be a second colleague on the phone.
As of Tuesday, TikTok has over 784,900 views and seems to have resonated with many people online.
“I’m just going to be really honest with you all. the low is now. It’s this. Right now,” read one comment with nearly 10,000 likes.
“So I turn off the camera, press mute and literally do everything else,” wrote another.
“My high was that it was the weekend, my low was that it was Monday,” commented another.
“There are thousands of job offers. Nobody should have to endure this torture,” commented one TikToker.
Many people wondered why these icebreakers even exist. “Why do they do that? Who gains morals from this? If this gives you morale, please explain.”
Others shared their own icebreakers at work. “I got on rn and we all walked around saying our favorite snack.”
On a more positive note, some say the activity at least takes time away from actual work.
“Honestly, I love these meetings because I hate working with Lmao,” joked one user.
The Daily Dot emailed Benson about this story.
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*Initial publication: June 7, 2022 at 5:31 p.m. CDT
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