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Welcome to the corporate jungle

Keeping sanity in the corporate world aka surviving in the jungle of modern living. Insights from workplace psychology with special focus on the bubble of ‘fast spaced’ technology startups.

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The reverse impact of the corporate control attempt

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What happens when a company acts bigger than its employees? When it objectifies them in the name of the ‘whole bigger than its parts’? This ‘acting bigger’ can be sensed from the first touchpoint with the company of that sort. It’s right in the job descriptions (e.g. send us a cover letter why we should consider you, meaning: we judge you, we’re above you, no equality here), through the interview process (e.g. here is two appointments you can choose from, meaning: you adapt to us) to the background check (e.g. give us two references we can call, meaning: we, the big guys, will discuss buying you or not with your previous owner). The sensitivity of people for these invasions of privacy varies from immune to hypersensitive, but most fall somewhere in the middle, feeling annoyed and try to navigate their way around. The further someone gets in their carrier, the earlier they try to spot this approach from a company, because they already have experience with how tedious it...

The disturbing reality of privacy in the corporate world – 2.

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If you’ve read my previous piece about the joys of having your privacy violated in the tech industry, what comes up in this article likely, and unfortunately, won’t surprise you. I’m simply putting this out there as a cautionary tale for others wishing to enter the field, who are likely being told at every turn that this level of invasive questioning is not only standard, but ‘required’. I don’t think one would even need to be a privacy advocate to find this disturbing. At its simplest, this is a story of objectification and corporate abuse. The New journey Round #1 The previous story was not where my experiences with privacy exploitation stopped, because I still needed a new job. I kept interviewing. As a strong professional with quite an experience in interviewing as well, I soon got a new offer from another company. Just to be on the safe side, I asked the hiring manager about the background check upfront. He said their process was very simple! They just required 2 contact details...

The disturbing reality of privacy in the corporate world – 1.

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‘Welcome to our company! We’re sure you’ll be a great asset!’ The mess that GDPR (and Brexit in the UK) created in terms of regulation enabled something beyond unpleasant. The practice of using the unclarity around the privacy topic to get users sign terms that were frowned upon even before the GDPR. The abuse of privacy laws has been unprecedented. My own everyday life has become flooded with data hyenas, coming on more aggressively than ever before, each spouting the same line: ‘it is due to the GDPR regulation’. One of my recent memories of this is from a job application, where the company sent me a disclosure form about my ethnicity and sexuality, demanding it to be signed in the name of GDPR. Claiming they cannot proceed with my application without me providing these data due to the new GDPR regulation. Not the first sick twist on the privacy regulations, certainly not the last I would see. Soon after that, came another application from a young tech company. In reality, they were...

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