Rate My Co-Worker? “Unvarnished” Needs Some Polishing

April 14th, 2010 |

It recently came to my attention that a new site, “Unvarnished,” allows you to rate your boss or coworkers. At first inspection, it was clear that this is a totally unoriginal idea. We have websites like RateMyProfessor and RateMDs that help us in choosing which professor is going to give the least amount of work and which doctor isn’t going to pull a Kevorkian. This new site however seems to be an epic fail for the following reasons:

The Name: Unvarnished? I know people try to be clever and think of cool names like Google or Twitter, but Unvarnished is trying a little too hard. Unvarnished sounds more like a type of wood you can buy at Home Depot than an actual website.

The Concept: The website allows you to have anonymity so you can protect yourself while trashing your co-workers. This is probably the dumbest thing in the world and human resources is going to have a field day with this. And – get this – if your co-worker trashes you, there’s no way for you to remove their review. Just imagine the riffs in an organization that can form from one bad review; you could potentially make that person hate everyone at the office.

The Flaws: So if my co-worker Paul ate MY pudding cup with MY name on it and I went to Unvarnished and trashed him, how anonymous is it? Of course he’s going to know I’m the one that was pissed off about losing that precious pudding cup. Next, if you have a job, there’s a good chance you’re somewhat of an adult which means you don’t have time to come home and trash talk your co-workers on a computer. If you have something to say, surely we can be mature about it and talk in person. That’s why the next time Paul steps to my pudding cup, I will be waiting for him in the parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj