A video a TikToker sharing about being left out in work group chats and inner circles in the workplace has gone viral on the social media platform.
User Matt (@meritable.matt) posted a short clip where the overlay text reads, “I promise you every work place has a [group chat] with everyone in it. And no, I’m not talking about a professional one made by the manager, I’m talking bout that unofficial one with all the coworkers that [fuck with] each other. So, if you’re not in something like that, I got news for you.”
The video featured the viral TikTok audio with someone saying, “Oh, my god. I’m not gonna lie, this is kind of awkward.”
Over the course of a couple of days, the video has been viewed over 404,000 times as of Wednesday. The video resonated with viewers as they shared their experiences with being left out of work cliques.
@meritable.matt those gcs be the funniest #fyp #work ♬ original sound – ⠀⠀
“fr I [already] know I ain’t in the inner circle or whatever,” one person said.
“My job just has cliques of the different types of people so I’m alone,” a second wrote.
“Yea I already been knew I’m not the one,” a third stated.
“I wasn’t in ours and someone asked if I was going to the plans they made in it and that’s how I found out,” another shared.
Other users had a different reaction, expressing their indifference toward the thought of group work chats.
“I’m sure there’s one out there, but I remember I’m a minor so I don’t trip about it,” one person said.
“[I don’t really give a fuck] I’m only there for the summer lmfao,” a second wrote.
“I dont like a couple of my co workers so I could care less lol,” a third commented.
“you’re right and I’m so glad I’m not in it,” one user agreed.
“I can’t stand any of my co-workers so good,” another viewer concurred.
Unfortunately, cliques don’t stop after high school. According to Forbes, 43% of workplaces are filled with them. This isn’t surprising since humans tend to be social creatures of habit and carry this cliquey behavior into adulthood. A survey showed that 13% of people claimed that workplace cliques have a negative impact on their job and 11% feel intimidated by these groups.
The Daily Dot reached out to Matt for comment via TikTok comment.
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*First Published: Aug 10, 2022, 4:39 pm CDT
Melody Heald is a culture writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine, and more.