‘Not Even the HR Manager Who Organized It’: No One Showed Up For This Office’s Friday Happy Hour Except One Lone TikToker
Friday night employee events were bad news, even in the best times. They’re worse now, nearly three years after a pandemic that has engulfed a hybrid workforce.
One TikToker claimed she showed up for work IRL and had drinks — but no one was there, per The Daily Dot — even not virtually.
“She wrote the caption that she was not even the HR manager who organized it.
The video shows TikToker @kawaiiprincessv looking at an invitation for “Barefoot Fridays I Office Drinks,” from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m.
“Come back into the office for the culture,” the TikToker wrote as text on top of the video, implying an employer or leader had said something of the sort.
Then, they showed the time, 4: 47 p.m. “The culture,” she wrote over the video — with a shot of the empty office.
The TikTok was posted at 3:00 a.m. EST. The video showed a call-in from an Australian number, possibly indicating that the creator or company is located there. This would place the TikTok’s posting time at 6 p.m. Melbourne Time.
Two people responded to the event by virtue of being virtual attendees.
” I can confirm that the 2 virtuals did not show up. The author made a joke in the comments that he thought the author was stuck in traffic.
“I can drink at 430 at home (and I do) without worrying about my ride home,” another person commented. As work has been re-arranged for the laptop set after the pandemic, companies have debated endlessly over whether it is best to be in-person or remotely. Some have tried to convince employees to come back to the office with perks or to collaborate more, to the derision or anger of employees.
Kastle Systems’ return to office data shows a weekly occupancy rate in 10 U.S. cities, based on average swipe-ins, at 47.4%.
“Office occupancy held stable again this week, ” the security company wrote.
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