- The CIA, not known for tranquility, has been tweeting workplace wellness tips, hashtagged #ThrivingatCIA.
- This first started a few months ago, and provides an unexpected window into what the self-proclaimed ‘Nation’s first line of defence’ does to stay calm at work.
- The posts have not been well-received on Twitter. Users responded referencing foreign drone strokes and accusations about the torture of terror suspects.
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The CIA, not known for tranquility, has baffled followers by posting a flurry of wellness tips and motivational aphorisms.
“Take a breath,” followers were told on Wednesday. “The work day can be overwhelming. We offer our officers a quiet space to step away and catch their breath. Deep breathing is one of the easiest forms of relaxation you can practice and use on your own.”
Workplace woes are indeed endemic across the US, and around the world, with rising rates of burnout, stress, and anxiety.
The #ThrivingAtCIA hashtag quickly became flooded with people offering critiques of the government agency. One user posted a picture of someone being waterboarded, calling it the CIA’s version of deep breathing. “Destabilizing governments and assassinating foreign nationals does take a toll on the staff,” another user wrote.
For an agency known for secrecy, the CIA’s social media presence has been noisy
After the CIA joined Twitter in 2014, solemnly tweeting “we can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” the agency’s online presence grew more and more conversational. In 2019 the account gave a shout-out to Marvel’s Black Panther in honour of its Oscar nominations, as well as mentioning that Jeopardy host Alex Trebek “won the hearts of CIA’s workforce.”
“Even though we’re the CIA and a clandestine organisation – we have certain rules we have to follow – can we be more social?” Amanda, the CIA social media lead who declined to reveal her last name, told The Hill in 2019.
Make time for movement.
— CIA (@CIA) February 5, 2020
Stepping away from our screens can be hard.
We encourage our officers to use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, find an object 20 feet away, and look at it for 20 seconds. #WednesdayWisdom #WellnessWednesday #ThrivingatCIA pic.twitter.com/KC2dgCKo8r
— CIA (@CIA) January 29, 2020
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