Scrolling through the catalog of faces LinkedIn suggests I may know, I am boggled by wonder and questions. Who are these people? And what lies are they hiding? And when was this profile image taken, is it over 5 years old?
“Caused a leak in a most vulnerable and important corporate secret leading to instituting a confidence policy at work.”
Bob who boasts about instituting sexual harassement policies in his company, does he also fess up to masturbating in the men’s room at work 5 times per day? Most likely not. What about Becky the office administrator who uses the office computer to spiff up her resume and send it off to all the company’s clients in the hopes of snagging a better pay? Is that listed in her skills or accomplishments in any way?
“Found the most creative ways to bring home office equipment, now has a special storage place in the basement for all ‘borrowed’ good from the company.”
How many hundreds of pictures did John delete before settling on the one he’d use on his profile, the one that hides the extra chins and makes him look 50 pounds lighter?
LinkedIn is a place where we boast our successes and accomplishments. Sure, I get it, it’s where we sell ourselves as skilled workers. But what about Facebook? Endless pictures of happy smiling laughing people… Look at my plate of food! Aren’t I not super amazing? I have friends, I go out, I drink pretty cocktails, I wave my arms in the air to show I am a free woman!
“Has no friends at all, pays for all the drinks so coworkers will agree to spend a night out with her.”
Yet, are all these plastic-happy people in fact crying in their showers? Some do post honestly sad and negative posts… Have you noticed how quickly they become blocked, ignored or unfriended?
And since when has ‘unfriended’ been a real word?
Lies. SO many lies. How much of what we portray is who we really are? Or is it just an image of what we wish we were, like a vision board?
Read some profiles of people you’ve worked with, those you know are guilty of standing aside and let others do the clean up, or those who bully their staff, or the crazy ones who cause much silly office drama, what do their profiles portray?
What lies or stretched out truths have you been guilty of telling?