Don’t Be a LinkedIn Robot

I started a new job earlier this week and updated it on LinkedIn this morning as one is wont to do. It was about 10:00 am when I made the change. This is important for you to remember.

I last checked the tally at 11:54 a.m. I’ve received 24 messages on LinkedIn congratulating me on the job. But here’s the deal. Out of those 23, only one of those was an actual personalized message. The rest all said this: “Congrats on the new role!” because all people have to do is click on a button that says “Say Congrats” and hit send.

Yes, LinkedIn makes it that easy, but they’ve also turned us into robots that are only doing something because it’s easy. You don’t click on someone’s profile where all you’d have to do there is click the like button and even write (by yourself, with your own hands) “Congrats on the new role!”.

You know what else would be more meaningful, Johnny 5? A thumbs up emoji. Because at least it shows me you wanted to put some effort into your sentiment.

I’m not angry at those folks that have congratulated me via one click. It’s better than nothing, right? I think there are better ways to interact and engage with people when something monumental has happened, like a new job.

In the HR world, we talk about being more human, so let’s practice what we preach on something this easy.

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