Office Leaks: Antidote to Internal Frustration?
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was now. Never has being an office worker been so fraught with uncertainty, angst and stress, and never has there been a better time to be able to vent those frustrations. It was inevitable that a site like Office Leaks would come around. And that's a good thing. As any psychiatrist will tell you, shedding light on your dark thoughts is the secret to sanity. In today's crazy work environments that have employees are working longer, harder and for less pay, venting has become just as important as coffee and online shopping.
Sure, the idea of anonymously ranting on the Internet is not new, but Office Leaks offers a democratic platform that isn't meant to undermine modern society or prove a point. It's a cyber-cave where your shouts echo and bounce against the walls en route to daylight. As the site states, "Most of those websites, like WikiLeaks, deal with facts and sources. Office Leaks is focused on the subjective part of work life—emotion, culture and leadership. As these topics rarely have simple right or wrong answers, we do not claim the information posted to be true or false. We are simply a conduit for people to share information and make their own decisions."
So don’t fire off that emotional email teeming with profane or accusatory language that you will regret (and that may even get you fired). Instead, avail yourself of Office Leaks or find another way to unburden your negative impulses. Anonymity is your friend when there are no friends around, and you'll be surprised by how many strangers suddenly consider you a source of comfort. If technology has taught us anything, it has taught us the collaborate and community-building power of social media. Go for it.
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