You've probably seen the viral video of Marina Schifrin, a video editor at Taiwan's Next Media Animation, interpretive dancing her way out of a job.
Still at the office at 4:30am (!!), she made a movie of herself dancing around the office to Kanye West's "Gone" while subtitles documented her grievances.
Among them? That her boss was more concerned with quantity than quality, that her deadlines and workload were unreasonable, and that "views" for the videos were all the company cared about.
She may be right about that last part, because instead of keeping quiet, the company came out with a video of its own—earning its own share of the viral views. Similar in style, the clip shows her coworkers dancing around the office during normal hours—since, as subtitles explain, most people at the company work an eight hour day—and showcases happy looking employees, a pool and sauna, and news (after a brief dance break): that the company is hiring.
So who won here?
Though it seemed like Marina was going to have the last laugh with her dramatic exit, the company did a great job of coming out smelling like a rose. They "wished Marina the best," focused on the positive aspects of the company (thus dispelling the bad press from Marina's video regarding hours and disgruntled employees), and made NMA look like a fun, creative, happy place to work. They also got a ton of video views, ironically. Since "viral quitting" has been a thing for a while now, and this company seems to have handled their retribution well, we might see a new internet trend in Employer Strikes Back videos.
Still—a last act of rebellion for the little guy is a sacred thing. Is it fair for a company, with all of its resources, to publicly hit back? Marina didn't name her place of employment or her boss, did nothing malicious in the video (unless dancing on someone's desk can be considered harmful), and focused on her personal working experience, not speaking for others at the company or making accusations of bad business on a corporate level, etc. A "revenge" video released less than 5 days after Marina's seems like an aggressive move, and possibly speaks more for the character of the company than its video subtitles.
So, is the "spurned employer revenge video" fair game or in bad taste? Watch for yourself and weigh in below!
In a recent interview with online arts and political magazine Guernica, George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about his latest book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which was published earlier this year and was inspired, in part, by "the failure of Wall Street, the failure of Washington, [and] the bottoming out of the economy. " Here's how Guernica describes the book:
As a work of history, the “unwinding” refers to a protracted process of ideological decay, moving from the relative assurances of the 1960s and 1970s that jobs awaited high school and college grads to a present culture that wantonly foists or withholds its rewards.
Could "faulty" thinking be sabotaging your climb up the career ladder?
The narrative voiceover your mind plays for you can color everything, if you let it--at least that's the reasoning behind the book Change Your Thinking, and something called "cognitive behavior therapy," an evidence-based treatment method used by clinical psychologists worldwide to treat anxiety, phobias, and yes, self-defeating thought patterns that can hold you back in life and at work.
Results of the most recent Law Firm Diversity Survey, conducted jointly by Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), show that minority and women attorneys at law firms are making steady advancements, but are still far from achieving full parity.
The findings are from the 10th annual Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey conducted in the spring of 2013.
“New hire’s remorse”—at least under this name—is a recent phenomenon that we broached last week. Also called “shift shock,” it arises when an employee regrets taking a job because it isn’t the right fit or is completely different from what was expected.