‘Flirt your way up’ the corporate ladder, says a viral TikTok video

| Updated: 16 November, 2023 6:49 pm IST

‘Corporate flirting’ has become the new step forward to get yourself up the corporate ladder, at least that is what a ‘corporate’ TikToker believes.

Srinidhi Rajesh, who works as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York, posted a video on Tiktok about how to make friends and “allies” at their workplace, drawing on examples from dating situations. Her corporate hack has left everyone with a thought to ponder upon, while some have regarded her solution absurd, an easy recipe to go viral.

“A couple years ago my best friend and I came up with a foolproof way to act and speak with charisma in almost every single situation, especially corporate ones,” Rajesh says in the video which has now racked up 2.1 million views and over 260,000 likes. “We called it corporate flirting and I’m gonna show you guys how to do it.”

Rajesh illustrated that the easiest way to get into the “inner circles”, or even to just make friends, is to introduce yourself and ask them about themselves, setting the stage for some figuratively professional flirting. “They will give you a very simple XYZ response like ‘Oh I went to Northwestern.’ So far this conversation is really boring. Nothing has happened of significance but here’s where you’re going to corporate flirt,” she said.

She added that this is where the person will let their guard lose and this is also the exact moment when you are supposed to respond, to show them that you were listening and also, to build a base. An example of a response was: “‘Oh so you’re really smart but you like freezing to death for half the year?'” Rajesh explained that this gives the other person the opportunity to joke back and build on the conversation.

The business analyst also said that the tips for ‘corporate flirting’ can be applied on senior colleagues and bosses as well. However, her advice does not cross the threshold of it turning obnoxious. All you have to do is tell them and remind them that you have acknowledged and used a tip that a senior may have given you. This helps in building “camaraderie” with the person, according to Rajesh.

Users raved about the strategy in the comment section saying it’s “legit advice.” One user even commented: “I call this bizzrizz and I’m full of it.”

Her video went viral at a time when some companies, such as KPMG, Deloitte and PWC, have started offering communication courses to newer employees owing to a lapse in communication skills among Gen-Z workers.

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