The TikTok Trend Ending the Job Loss Stigma

By: Anneken Tappe · January 22, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

So Long, Stigma

Losing a job is one of the most difficult things a worker can experience. It may lead to feelings of anger or depression, and can be a difficult topic to discuss.

But a recent TikTok phenomenon is chipping away at the stigma around job loss, highlighting once again that younger workers are approaching work life differently, as evinced by a self-recorded video of an employee’s termination that went viral.

De-Personalized Firing Practices

In the age of remote working, companies increasingly use less personal avenues to deliver bad news to their employees, such as Zoom (ZM) calls or email.

The recent viral video posted to TikTok by a former employee of tech firm Cloudflare (NET) documented her termination process. Many more workers, especially among younger generations, have made similar posts documenting or discussing unemployment.

Critics of this trend say that it can be perceived as unprofessional, and potential future employers may view it as a red flag. However, proponents say the choice to go public with recent unemployment is therapeutic and helps relieve the pain of losing employment. Some lucky workers even say it even helped them land their next gig.

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