Fitting in at a new workplace – or any unfamiliar environment, for that matter – can be a daunting task.
It’s not hard to feel like an outsider in a room full of people you don’t know, especially when your career and reputation is on the line.
Some people seem capable of fitting in with little to no effort, but many lack the same confidence and retreat into their shell. Some of us may even try to be someone we’re not just to feel the safety and security that comes with a sense of belonging.
Pixar’s latest short, Purl, explores this very concept. Here’s the official synopsis:
Purl, directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic start-up. Yarny hijinks ensue as she tries to fit in, but how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for, and in the end, is it worth it?
While it’s easy for anyone to relate to Purl’s emotional journey as she navigates a toxic workplace, the short will be especially poignant for women who have experienced the struggle of adapting to a male-dominated, white-collar workplace.
You might want to have a box of tissues handy, but take comfort in the fact Purl has a happy, very diplomatic ending.