NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Every employee should know better than to burn bridges with current and previous employers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t like some of your co-workers more than others.
CubeDuel, an online game that launched last week, gives workers a new way to express their affection (or lack thereof) for the people they’ve worked with. The site relies on information from your LinkedIn profile to compile a list of your co-workers. Then the fun begins.
CubeDuel works by randomly selecting two of your co-workers’ profiles, putting them side by side, and then asking you a simple question: Who would you rather work with? At that point, it’s up to you to pick one or simply skip the choice altogether. If you complete 20 of these “duels,” you will be able to find out how often other users ranked you as their preferred co-worker. So the game not only lets you rank your co-workers, but provides a way for you to find out how well-liked you actually are at work.
On the surface, this may sound a lot like Unvarnished.com, a site that launched last year to let co-workers review one another much as you would do with a restaurant on Yelp. Still, there are a couple big differences. Unvarnished essentially served as an all-too-efficient tool for character assassinations, as users were free to write extremely negative reviews of co-workers, which could then be read by anyone and potentially hurt someone’s career. Moreover, users were not allowed to change or delete reviews of themselves on the site, making them powerless to improve their reputation.
CubeDuel, on the other hand, is simply intended to be a game, not a peer reviewing system. Everything that happens on the site is anonymous, so you will not actually see the names of those who liked or disliked you. However, once you log on, you will be able to see how your co-workers ranked in their own duels.
So, for example, I now know that one of the people I’ve worked with has been chosen as the favorite in nine of 10 match-ups, while the other has only been picked one time out of five. If I were an employer, it’s possible this could provide some small incentive to hire the first person given that they appear to be the more well-liked, but then again, you are only able to see this information for people you already know. With this in mind, it seems unlikely that someone in a position to hire you would have access to this.
For the time being, whatever concerns there may be are null and void. This game is still brand new and has yet to be adopted by most LinkedIn users, meaning most people probably have not been liked or disliked yet. Still, I found this game oddly addicting and wouldn’t be surprised if it catches on. After all, given how much effort we normally spend trying to be on our guard with people at work, it’s nice to play favorites once in a while.
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