Awkward Moments in Every Office

Awkward Moments in Every Office

3 November 2017

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Office life can be a brilliant and bewildering experience. You’re essentially stuck in a room all day with a whole bunch of people you might not necessarily chose to socialise with. And, if you’re new to a place, it can be difficult to get into the daily routine and try and make some friends along the way.

It can be particularly hard to navigate the social ‘norms’ of an office if you’re a little bit awkward and clumsy around people. You know, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or turning up in a Hallowe’en costume when no one else has decided to dress up …

Take a look at some of the most awkward office moments we can think of:

An unfamiliar co-worker on the commute

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Do you sit next to them? Stick your earphones in and pretend you never saw them? Pretend to be on the phone? If you sat beside them, you’d probably have nothing to say anyway …

The little dance around a doorway

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You try to politely move out of someone’s way but they move to the same side, so you move to the opposite side and they follow you. This is usually followed by a comment such as “Oh, looks like we’re dancing!”

Showing a new start around

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The fact is, you have no idea what half the people in your office are called, let alone their job title. So, your new start is ultimately left thinking that James from IT is actually Steve from Accounts …

Birthdays

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Particularly horrid when co-workers gather round your desk and sing to you whilst you smile and avert your eyes, but it’s equally bad when you’re supposed to be one of the ones singing and no one quite wants to start things off.

Being uncertain how to use an appliance

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“Sorry, I’m just not very good with technology,” you mutter as you struggle with the printer or the microwave. Why is it that pressing the big green button just won’t make things work?

Conversation loop-the-loops

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“How are you?” “Fine thanks, and you?” “Fine thanks, yourself?” Despite the fact that we have produced celebrated wordsmiths such as Shakespeare, we still can’t master the art of office small talk.

Getting asked a question in a meeting

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There should be rules about being put on the spot. Guaranteed you will only have been half listening before you suddenly realise all the faces round the table are turned to face you, eagerly awaiting your response. 

Written By Mary Palmer

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