The woman shared the realities employees face at workplaces. Turns out, employees have long been waiting to call out the same.
The internet has been trending with "girl math", "boy math" and "mom math" and the idea is simply evolving day by day. Robyn Garrett, who goes by @courageousleadership on TikTok, came up with the idea of "corporate math" and it hits the nail on the head for toxic workplaces. In her video, Garrett revealed how work life has become simply crazy and ridiculous with its illogical policies and practices. Using light humor, she called out everything right from nepotism to exploitation. Garrett said, “Corporate math is expecting nine people to do the work of twelve. It’s laying people off just at the right time so their balance sheet looks great.”
Once she began, there was no stopping. She clung to a witty tone saying, “Corporate math is having your workers routinely work for over 40 hours a week and still saying, ‘Hey, why does nobody even work here anymore?’” Elaborating further Garrett said, “Corporate math is sending your executive team on a fancy retreat but not being able to pay for basic supplies. Lowballing somebody on a salary offer and then calling them greedy if they ask for what they’re worth.” She added that it is also about making one person perform the job of three people and then blaming them "failure on prioritization of time management."
She simply highlighted every corporate injustice some or the other employee may have faced under the hysterical term of “corporate math.” “Finally, corporate math is bogging workers down with meetings and administrative responsibilities but still somehow expecting them to complete over 40 hours of work per week,” Garrett concluded. Undoubtedly, her videos went viral and it was as if every employee on TikTok joined the discussion. The comments were flooded as employees relentlessly began to share their version of “corporate math."
@alexmmmtoasty commented, “Corporate math is having record profits but being unable to give raises due to the ‘economy.’” @leericly said, “Corporate math is expecting employees to have 10 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree but only paying $18/hour.” As comments kept pouring in, Garrett made a few follow-up videos adding to the entire umbrella of corporate math. In her follow-up video, Garrett started by reading several comments sent in.
“You all get this corporate math thing because these comments are all A+,” she said. “Corporate math is expecting people to attend 5 meetings. They’re all scheduled at the same time... Corporate math is not having enough money to do it right but having enough money to do it twice,” she said as she chuckled at the ironic truth revealed in the comments. As fellow employees continued sharing views in the comment section, she had no choice but to make more videos on the topic. In her next video, Garrett read, “It is having job ads asking people with 5 years experience in a technology that has existed for only three years.”
She added as she read another comment, “Corporate math is stopping all overtime until production is caught up.” Coming to her last video on corporate math so far, Garrett pitched in more of her input together with sassy comments. “Corporate math is when they pressure you to stay late every day but get mad at you for leaving early one day,” Garrett read. She added that one ned to start discussions on this topic otherwise employers will only find this "silly."
“It’s having a PowerPoint with 50 slides when you need only 3 to get your point across. That will crush your soul,” she said. Garrett’s ironic input is something many can agree with. Work is crazy, “Honestly, I’m so sorry,” she concluded, sympathizing with fellow employees.