Not long ago, the CEO of an online marketing company got trolled on social media after he put up a post on LinkedIn. In the post, Braden Wallake, CEO of HyperSocial shared a cringeworthy selfie of himself crying as he announced layoffs.
Braden’s crying selfie took the world of the internet by a storm. Continue reading further to catch deep insights about the whole incident that took place on LinkedIn.
Braden posted a crying selfie while announcing layoffs
On Tuesday, Braden took to LinkedIn to share a guilt-filled post about firing his employees. He concluded his post with a teary-eyed selfie of himself. As of now, it is not clear how many employees were fired by the CEO of the marketing firm HyperSocial.
Wallake wrote, “This will be the most vulnerable thing I’ll ever share. I’ve gone back and forth whether to post this or not. We just had to layoff a few of our employees.” He went on to say, that dismissals were a result of his own fault. He stated it all happened due to a decision that he made in February this year.
HyperSocial CEO further added, “I made a decision in February and stuck with that decision for far too long. Now, I know my team will say that ‘we made that decision together,’ but I lead us into it. And because of those failings, I had to do today, the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Braden continued, “We’ve always been a people first business. And we always will be. Days like today, I wish I was a business owner that was only money driven and didn’t care about who he hurt along the way. But I’m not. I’m sure there are hundreds and thousands of others like me.”
He also said, “The ones you don’t see talked about. Because they didn’t lay off 50 or 500 or 5000 employees. They laid off 1 or 2 or 3. 1 or 2 or 3 that would still be here if better decisions had been made. I know it isn’t professional to tell my employees that I love them. But from the bottom of my heart, I hope they know how much I do.”
Wallake penned, “Every single one. Every single story. Every single thing that makes them smile and every single thing that makes them cry. Their families. Their friends. Their hobbies. I’ve always hired people based on who they are as people. People with great hearts, and great souls. And I can’t think of a lower moment than this.”
Netizens slammed Braden Wallake for his LinkedIn post
As soon as Braden shared the post on LinkedIn, many users stopped by the comments section of the post to express their thoughts on his post. Some users took to Twitter to put out their thoughts on Braden’s LinkedIn post.
One user wrote, “Braden Wallake (the crying LinkedIn CEO) has to be doing a bit, right? There’s no way someone could truly be that lacking in self awareness. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but taking to public spaces to farm sympathy after firing your people is a POS move. Full stop.”
Another user tweeted, ‘Linkedin Content Strategy: Braden Wallake, CEO of HyperSocial and HyperSphere, who is a “5x College Dropout,” is a genius. He needed content that would get him empathy despite being a reckless employer and terminating “1 or 2 or 3.” “TEAR”‘
Followed by a user who penned, “This is the worst post I’ve ever seen on LinkedIn, and I’ve seen a lot over the years.” A user went on to say, ‘This is the most disgusting, manipulative post I’ve ever seen. “Feel sorry for me, I’m a big boss and I had to fire people!!! Pity me!! Give me attention!! Feel my virtue!! I’m the REAL victim here not those lowly workers!!”‘
These were a few reactions of the social media users to Braden Wallake’s crying selfie on the social media platform LinkedIn.
Braden responded to the backlash
Wallake posted another message on LinkedIn on Wednesday defending his previous post, which read, “Hey everyone, yes, I am the crying CEO. No, my intent was not to make it about me or victimize myself. I am sorry it came across that way.”
Braden further added, “It was not my place to out the employees’ names publicly. What I want to do now, is try to make better of this situation and start a thread for people looking for work.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Braden Wallake
For those of you who don’t know, let us tell you Braden Wallake is the chief executive officer and founder of Columbus, Ohio-based marketing agency called HyperSocial. He has more than 500 connections on LinkedIn.
Wallake’s LinkedIn page displays the services he offers and they are as follows: Email Marketing, Lead Generation, Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, Marketing Consulting, Appointment Scheduling, Content Marketing, Business Analytics, Growth Marketing, and Business Consulting.
As per HyperSocial’s LinkedIn page, the company was founded in the year 2019. It consists of up to 50 employees. With the establishment of HyperSocial, Braden wanted to make Business-to-Business marketing and sales campaigns fun and effective for people.
A little bit about Braden’s personal life
Braden Wallake is off the dating market! The name of his ladylove is Emily Chucta. Every now and then, Braden keeps sharing updates about his personal and professional life on the social media platform Instagram.
According to his Instagram, the couple celebrated their fourth anniversary earlier this year in April. At that point, he posted a series of pictures of himself and Emily along with a sweet caption.
“Happy 4 year anniversary to this woman. You went from the crazy awesome girl I met on Bumble to my best friend and business partner. You’re my favorite travel buddy and the best dog mom to Roscoe I could ever ask for,” Wallake captioned the post.
Braden further added, “4 years and you haven’t murdered me yet. That’s a testimony to your never-ending patience and love. You are the freaking best.”
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