Flirting at work might sound like an HR violation, but it might be the best way to network your way up the corporate ladder according to Srinidhi Rajesh, who works at McKinsey.
But, what is corporate flirting?
Corporate flirting, or “bizzrizz,” as everyone (of course GenZ) is calling it, is an approach to get to know people in your work world. Think of it as making friends at work but with style – it's about genuinely connecting and leaving the other person with good vibes.
Srindhi Rajesh explains, "A few years back, my buddy and I cracked the code for coming off as charming and charismatic in pretty much any situation, especially in the corporate world."
Rajesh said that the key to getting through to the "inner circles" or just making new pals is to introduce yourself and show genuine interest in others, setting the stage for what she playfully calls 'professional flirting'.
She emphasised that this is the moment when the other person loosens up, and it's also the perfect time for you to respond, demonstrating that you were attentive and laying the groundwork for a solid connection.
An example response she provided is, "'Oh, so you're the brainiac who enjoys freezing half the year?'”
Rajesh pointed out that this gives the other person a chance to banter back and add depth to the conversation.
Rajesh explains her professional flirt in her video which she uploads on TikTok. The video soon went viral on Tiktok, and has more than 2.1 million views and 2,60,000 likes, according to Business Insider.
So, in simple terms, getting to know your work friends in a fun way, and knowing about them, to engage in conversation with them is corporate flirting.
Will you use this technique in your next meeting?