What is the deal with Pinterest anyway? I mean, you follow people who pin topics you’re interested in and then you just pin away. Cool. What I find a little frustrating is when people stay on your boards pinning everything you’ve got and don’t follow you. It’s like “okay I’m going to come along and take everything you’ve spent hours finding and pinning and I’m gonna do nothing whatsoever in return”. Ooook. That’s not very nice. If you’re gonna take 115 pins from a board I’ve been working on, at the very least, give the board a follow because it’s obvious you like it… right?
And it’s not like they even have to follow your account, they could just follow the board they just finished pillaging. I try very hard not to do this. If I come across someone who shares similar interests to my own, I will simply follow them. Or if I come across a board that has a lot of pins I haven’t seen before and I pin them to my board, I will follow that board. It just seems kinda lame if you’re taking and not returning in any way. The other weird Pinterest thing I came across recently is messages from people asking to join some “pay to pin” thing. I called it as a scam and just didn’t reply. Seemed to work just fine.
The other “trend” I’ve noticed is people who follow you only to unfollow you again once you follow them. Yet another stupid trend that some brat decided was cool and now everyone does it to also be cool. It’s not cool. Not in the slightest.
There are rules. They may be unspoken rules, but they exist all the same. Netiquette is kind of where it all starts but it’s just rude to do these things and if you’re spending time on social media, you want it to be worthwhile. That doesn’t mean you want billions of people to follow you, but it does mean that while you’re on social media, you can choose to be nice and reciprocate instead of just being a total twat.
Herein endeth the rant.
The situation at my place of employment is becoming a little unsettling. If you’ve ever survived a “restructuring” before, you will understand what I mean by “unsettling”. One of my colleagues (who works in a different department) just told me that he thinks management is trying to micro-manage his team out. I’ve listened to his concerns and it sounds very much like his department is being carefully scrutinised (at the very least). He is pretty upset about the idea of change because he has been doing the job for years now. I understand where he’s coming from for sure. He wants to keep things as they are and unite with other people in his team against any changes management might introduce.
A very similar thing happened to me and I also decided to unite with two other colleagues feeling defiant and tough. Until we found out that we weren’t being defiant at all, or very tough. We were being played as one of our group members thought their chances would be a lot better if they went to upper management and to HR on their own. I’ll never forget the sting I felt in my gut when I discovered the deceit followed quickly by a foul taste in my mouth that I’ve now learned to identify as the taste of defeat. Lesson learned.
Why didn’t I think to go behind the backs of my colleagues first? I like to think of myself as a survivor for sure, but I also believe most people are inherently good and won’t stab each other in the back the first opportunity they get.
Am I wrong about that? Probably. Naive? Quite possibly, but one thing I’m not is a backstabbing scumbag.
I guess I want to do what I can to help my colleague but at the same time, I want to ensure I offer advice that will actually help. At least better that the advice I was given when I faced the same challenges in the workplace.
After our discussion, I told him to take a breath first and step back from everything that’s happening and think about things a little more. He said he would do that over the weekend. I told him to be careful and to protect himself as best he can and he told me that he trusts his colleagues and that they would never deceive him.
That’s exactly how I felt about my situation as well.
To be continued…
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