Two workers went viral on TikTok after calling their employer about letting them return to the office for “the culture.”
The workers, Phyl and Daw (@yousillyhp), are two “mid-20s” who share a TikTok account. They released the video mockingly highlighting parts of the “culture” they were brought back to the office for on January 20. As of January 25, the video received over 676,000 views.
“We’re going back to the office for culture,” they wrote in the video’s on-screen caption.
The “culture” in question was two coffee machines, a table football game and an empty dining table in front of drab windows.
“Wait until you see the view from the office,” Phil and Daw added in the video’s caption.
@yousillyhp wait till you see the view from the office #corporatehumor #corporate #corporatejokes #corporateoffice #corporatetiktok #office #corporatecanada #corporatelife #corporateamerica ♬ Original sound – Oatmealcrisp
The video’s sarcastic tone resonated with many viewers, who added their own jokes in the comments section.
“The culture: a ping-pong table that we can’t use because people are working and it’s in the middle of the office,” commented one viewer.
“And hide in the bathroom watching Tiktoks,” joked another.
Even the verified Microsoft 365 account chimed in with a sarcastic comment: “Foosball fun.”
Other viewers speculated that companies are bringing employees back into the office because they have already paid to rent the space.
“The culture = the company signed a 10-year lease,” wrote one user.
“Actually, it’s about the contracts for the ownership and lease of land. The other part is micromanagement,” added a second.
While complaining about the return-to-the-office policies, some users shared that they feel most productive when working from home.
“Tbh I get so much more done at home… the office is so distracting and sensory overload,” commented one viewer.
“I left my employer after 8 years after they decided to let everyone return to the office for no reason and I now have a WFH job and I’m fine,” shared another.
The Daily Dot reached out to Phyl and Daw via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 4:04 pm CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot.
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