OFFICE politics can seem inscrutable, and sometimes the only way to stop a workplace bully is to outwit them.
A Tiktok user claims her manager uses her work without credit, so she employed a clever tech trick that made it impossible for others to steal her research.
Cristina Sevcenco narrated the sneaky tactic in a Video That left viewers demanding a tutorial.
“In companies, especially the ones I’ve worked at, it’s very toxic and it’s very common for people to steal your work,” Sevcenco claimed.
She claims she walked into the office one day at a former workplace and saw her manager give a presentation about two weeks of market research that Sevcenco had conducted – without giving her any credit.
“Although my manager once told me that I would seldom be the one to present my work to senior management, she never told me that they would not even bother to change anything in the presentation except mine names,” she said told BuzzFeed.
“It broke my heart.”
So Sevcenco took matters into her own hands: she started adding a watermark to all her work.
The next time her boss tried to steal her presentation, the ruse was revealed by Sevcenco’s signature at the bottom of each slide.
Commenters on TikTok asked for a tutorial and the savvy ex-employee delivered.
In a PowerPoint example, Sevcenco separated the document’s layers and opened the menu for formatting the slides.
Then she added her watermark in the corner and chose “Lock Aspect Ratio”.
By including the watermark, Sevcenco explained, no one downloading the document could remove the signature from the presentation.
Sevcenco also said the watermark trick works with any software in the Microsoft Office suite.
“You can do this with Word docs, you can do this with Excel docs,” Sevcenco said.
Although her TikTok viewers were outraged by the “toxic” office environment that Sevcenco experienced of her, she pointed out that her experience didn’t take place in a vacuum.
As Sevcenco explained to BuzzFeed, she didn’t think her ex-manager was a bad person, but had learned to be dishonest through her own chain of command.
“She was made that way by her manager,” Sevcenco said.
Meanwhile, one woman gave up office drama entirely by changing careers, and now she’s working in theme parks across the country.
And a father-to-be shared his good news with his co-workers, and One threw a tantrum over his boss “stealing” their chosen baby name.
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