While there are many variables in the word "machine," certain situations might make you feel like a workplace, and everyone involved in it is a family, or sometimes friends.
But then again, not everyone is fortunate to land a great job in a stable company with good management.
For many people, a workplace can quickly become toxic, but in most cases, there's no choice other than to stay since you need cash.
You're pretty lucky if you have suitable employment with a good boss.
And while you might be tempted to call your boss a friend or your coworkers your family, it has devastating implications in the long run.
A money coach, a CNN podcast host, and employment lawyer, Delyanne Barros, has warned the public that they shouldn't let their bosses think they are family.
Taking to TikTok with a friendly neighborhood reminder about what work, in its essence, really is, Delyanne said:
"I'm going to say this for your good."
"Your coworkers are not your family, your boss is not your friend, and your company is not your community or your tribe."
The concepts of family, friend, community and tribe are all based on mutual understanding, love, care, and everything else that pertains to humans maintaining healthy social ties.
On the other hand, a business is an entity focused on generating wealth.
While a community or a tribe can be focused on that, too, businesses are void of the emotional and social attachments that develop within social constructs like communities.
Delyanne warns employees due to her experience as an employment lawyer.
When you are too attached to your coworkers or your boss, there is a high chance they will take advantage of you.
She elaborated that she has worked as an employment attorney and has witnessed how loyal employees are treated like trash at the workplace when push comes to shove.
"I worked as an employment attorney for 14 years, and I saw loyal employees treated like garbage when shit hit the fan."
Start investing your money so that you have what she calls an FU (or ef you) fund ready as an exit strategy for "when [shit] happens." Not if, but when.
In a follow-up video, Delyanne mentioned that this warning also applies just as much to the company's HR department.
The HR is only a company representative whose task is to limit the business's liability. Thus, they are not obligated, nor will they fight for you as a union would.
According to Delyanne, it's best to assume the "have everything in writing" approach whenever agreeing to something with HR.
Delyanne has also posted videos sharing her knowledge about investing and other employment-related topics, hoping to enlighten the public.