A fired Google worker’s emotion-wracked “day in the life” video on TikTok went viral because it captured her heartbreak after she came upon she was one of 12,000 workers laid off by the tech giant earlier this week.
Nicole Tsai, a Southern California-based TikTok “vlogger,” breaks down in tears in the video as she narrates “a day in my life getting laid off at Google.”
“So I woke as much as this actually ominous textual content from my boss and I actually had no concept what it was going to be about so I referred to as her the minute I wakened and noticed this,” Tsai says in the 90-second clip uploaded Sunday, which has been considered greater than 4.6 million occasions by TikTok customers as of Friday.
She posted a screenshot of the textual content message which learn: “Hey Nicole be at liberty to offer me a name.”
Tsai says in the clip that she was instructed by her boss to “verify the information and my electronic mail.”
When Tsai tried to log in to her work electronic mail and calendar, she was met with a message that learn: “You don’t have entry.”
Tsai’s clip then posted a picture of her wiping away tears as she says: “I referred to as my boss again and we simply sobbed over the cellphone because she was also finding out about my layoff for the first time at present, too.”
The video then exhibits screenshots of textual content messages that Tsai despatched and acquired to folks on her workforce and others inside the firm who had been additionally instructed that they had been out of a job.
Tsai echoes an identical criticism made by laid-off workers who’ve been quoted in media studies as saying that the resolution over who to fireplace was “not performance-based.”
She says she logged on to LinkedIn and seen that there have been others “in the identical boat” as her who had been additionally laid off. The expertise of logging in to LinkedIn and studying about others being laid off was “not nice for my psychological well being,” she says.
“I spent a lot of the day crying that I simply felt so drained from being unhappy,” Tsai says. So she used her annual go to Disneyland and headed over to the theme park to “eat my emotions.”
Tsai relays how she gorged on two cinnamon churros, a teriyaki turkey leg, a rice crispy, and a corn canine.
“I don’t actually know what’s subsequent for me however I’ll be vlogging my journey and posting extra content material about it,” she says.
Before getting the ax, Tsai had posted common “day in the life” movies for Google, which have turn out to be fashionable amongst tech workers in current years.
The Post has sought remark from Google.
During a tense all-hands assembly earlier this week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was bombarded with questions from anxious staffers who feared extra layoffs had been afoot.
Pichai denied that the layoffs had been finished randomly and urged his prices to remain targeted on their jobs as the firm navigates troublesome financial terrain that has pressured different tech giants to cull staff.
“I perceive you might be apprehensive about what comes subsequent in your work,” Pichai stated.
Pichai acknowled that it was “additionally very unhappy for the lack of some actually good colleagues throughout the firm.”
“For these of you outdoors the US, the delay in having the ability to make and talk choices about roles in your area is undoubtedly inflicting nervousness,” the CEO stated.
Other tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Meta, and Snap have additionally laid off large numbers of employees in current months.