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Finally, a Way to Tell Your Boss He Smells Worse Than Your Gym Bag … Announcing the New Interactive Tip Giver from CareerBuilder.com

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If being in the professional work force has taught you anything, it’s that you really have to think before you speak. I mean, really stop and think. The jokes that fly between you and your BFF don’t always translate well between 9 and 5. And the brutal honesty you share with your friends (“Why are you dating that loser?” “That shirt makes you look like my grandmother.” “Really, a little Listerine goes a long way.”) won’t earn you any new work friends. It might even get you fired.

Never fear! Bring some fun into the workplace thanks to CareerBuilder.com’s new interactive campaign, Anonymous Tip Giver. Just don’t get too carried away. Remember, not everyone shares your sense of humor.

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Just go to the site, pick a fun character to use a the visual, decide whom you want to not-so-gently give a tip to, and hit send. You can tell your co-workers or your boss that their make-up could be toned down a bit or that their cologne has been giving you asthma for years now. Or you can pick from a pre-made list of tips like, “One out of 10 people think your barking dog ring tone is funny, that one person is you.”

Have fun with friends, colleagues, family, and co-workers! Let us know if you come up with any good tips to share with our readers.

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13 comments
Texchikk
Texchikk

Good grief people. Sometimes top management will not take proper action to take care of managers/supervisors who are making their direct reports and other employees miserable. Maybe this is just one way for the regular guy to get some frustration out and maybe for the troublesome manager/supervisor to get a clue as to how bad he or she is.

Lori
Lori

I am also very disappointed in Careerbuilder's decision to promote this type of communication in the workplace. The fact that these emails can be sent anonymously is most disturbing. As a paying customer of Careerbuilder, I am concerned that they did not consider the ramifications of mean-spirited emails being circulated through the office email. I have communicated my concerns to my rep and so far, have been told that this is all in fun. I guess if they don't have to deal with the fallout, it will be fun for them. This type of communication has no place in my organization.

We will be spending our recruitment dollars elsewhere in the future.

If other HR professionals feel the same way, I would ask you send your feedback to CB as well.

Lori
Lori

I am also very disappointed in Careerbuilder's decision to promote this type of communication in the workplace. The fact that these emails can be sent anonymously is most disturbing. As a paying customer of Careerbuilder, I am concerned that they did not consider the ramifications of mean-spirited emails being circulated through the office email. I have communicated my concerns to my rep and so far, have been told that this is all in fun. I guess if they don't have to deal with the fallout, it will be fun for them. This type of communication has no place in my organization.

We will be spending our recruitment dollars elsewhere in the future.

If other HR professionals feel the same way, I would ask you send your feedback to CB as well.

Michelle
Michelle

I have to say that I'm very disappointed in Career Builder's decision to add something like this to their services. Although this is meant for fun, I think we are all aware of where this can go and will just as equally, if not more, promote harassment and less productive workers. Could you imagine your motivation to come to work and do a good job if you received a criticizing email from a co-worker, especially when you don't know which one? If Career Builder wanted to bring something positive to the workplace, why didn't you create and promote something to tell co-workers when they have done a great job? There is enough negativity in this world and I'm disappointed Career Builder is advocating that. As an HR professional I question subscribing to a service that thinks this is only going to be used for or perceived as fun. There is nothing about this that will add value to the workplace.

Michelle
Michelle

I have to say that I'm very disappointed in Career Builder's decision to add something like this to their services. Although this is meant for fun, I think we are all aware of where this can go and will just as equally, if not more, promote harassment and less productive workers. Could you imagine your motivation to come to work and do a good job if you received a criticizing email from a co-worker, especially when you don't know which one? If Career Builder wanted to bring something positive to the workplace, why didn't you create and promote something to tell co-workers when they have done a great job? There is enough negativity in this world and I'm disappointed Career Builder is advocating that. As an HR professional I question subscribing to a service that thinks this is only going to be used for or perceived as fun. There is nothing about this that will add value to the workplace.

k
k

Too bad it doesn't work when you sent out the email blast

Lisa
Lisa

The way this is set up, anyone can send this to anyone else, so long as they know their email address. I am horrified. Not everyone is going to use it to "roast" some one in good humor. That a site like Career Builder would endorse and provide a way for people to send mean-spirited comments with total anonymity is shocking....this is a web site that should be promoting professionalism and communication, not encouraging people to act like a bunch of 12 year old school yard bullies. I think Career Builder and Wieden+Kennedy (the ad agency) should be ashamed of themselves. the potential for online stalking and harassment is beyond comprehension.

Lisa
Lisa

The way this is set up, anyone can send this to anyone else, so long as they know their email address. I am horrified. Not everyone is going to use it to "roast" some one in good humor. That a site like Career Builder would endorse and provide a way for people to send mean-spirited comments with total anonymity is shocking....this is a web site that should be promoting professionalism and communication, not encouraging people to act like a bunch of 12 year old school yard bullies. I think Career Builder and Wieden+Kennedy (the ad agency) should be ashamed of themselves. the potential for online stalking and harassment is beyond comprehension.

Beverlie
Beverlie

We all need to laugh more-especially at ourselves! I say Go for It!
You don't know if it will work until you give it a try.

Beverlie
Beverlie

We all need to laugh more-especially at ourselves! I say Go for It!
You don't know if it will work until you give it a try.

Stephanie Gaspary
Stephanie Gaspary

Rachel, thank you for your comment. While your concerns are valid, this new application from CareerBuilder.com is meant to bring some fun to the workplace, not hostility. Employees everywhere are on edge about job security and the state of the economy. We all need to laugh. We have always advocated honesty and integrity in the workplace and certainly believe that when discussing serious situations, a candid conversation with the individual involved is always the best approach.

Rachel
Rachel

Coming from an HR perspective (or the perspective of any decent human being who has thoughts and feelings and the fortitude to know that if someone needs a friendly "tip" that it is best to take it up with them, not blast them with some type of childish email system where one can hide behind the wall of cyberspace and have a good time at someone else's expense), this goes beyond distasteful. It is disgraceful and I already feel embarressed and saddened for the recipients of this type of crude and gutless type of communication. Not only is it just wrong from any ethical standpoint, you are opening yourselves up for a whole bunch of legal trouble on this one for sure. Why a "professional" website would want to turn the workplace into a hostile environment is beyond me. Never again would I consider posting my own resume or a job opening with CareerBuilder in the future.

Rachel
Rachel

Coming from an HR perspective (or the perspective of any decent human being who has thoughts and feelings and the fortitude to know that if someone needs a friendly "tip" that it is best to take it up with them, not blast them with some type of childish email system where one can hide behind the wall of cyberspace and have a good time at someone else's expense), this goes beyond distasteful. It is disgraceful and I already feel embarressed and saddened for the recipients of this type of crude and gutless type of communication. Not only is it just wrong from any ethical standpoint, you are opening yourselves up for a whole bunch of legal trouble on this one for sure. Why a "professional" website would want to turn the workplace into a hostile environment is beyond me. Never again would I consider posting my own resume or a job opening with CareerBuilder in the future.

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