Things That Happen In Every Office
6 October 2017
No matter where you work, office life can be a strange one. You’re gathered together in a giant room all day with people that you have never met before – and may never choose to. There are certain routines you find yourself falling into – coat off, flick kettle, switch computer on – and little quirks that you’re convinced are unique to your current employer.
However, we’ve asked around and there are several qualities of office life that are universally applicable. Take a look at our list and see how many you can identify with.
It really shouldn’t be that momentous, but sometimes choosing a lunch can take … well … all of lunchtime. You ask your colleagues for inspiration but they have either brought in something from home or don’t know what they want either.
The same conversations pretty much happen day in, day out. “It feels like Friday, but it’s only Wednesday or “This morning has dragged in” are fairly common. Another classic is to ask how someone’s weekend was and have them reply “Fine thanks, you?” and you repeat that exact phrase back to them. Fail.
Your stomach is grumbling; you’ve got hiccups; you need to suppress a fit of the giggles; you need a nap. There are a number of possibilities for what’s making your current meeting so unbearable. It’s particularly bad if you’ve been asked to pass comment on something and you haven’t been paying attention.
Free food stampede
It doesn’t matter what the free food in question is – from donuts to fruit – the important fact is that it’s free. This will inevitably results in a stampede of your colleagues racing towards the goodies in the hope of snaffling a bite. Everything tastes better when you haven’t paid for it.
Air conditioner wars
One minute, it’s 16 degrees, the next it’s 23, then it’s back down at 11. Who is controlling this madness?! One thing is for certain, no two work colleagues will ever agree on the perfect office temperature. It would be a sign of the apocalypse if they did.
Inevitably, someone (or someone’s wife) will have a baby and they will bring said sprog into the office to be cooed over. However, if you’re not the maternal kind, this can be a little awkward. How do you hold it? What do you say to it? You can’t pass the child along quickly enough.
Written By Mary Palmer