The Office is good for more than a solid chuckle. There are a number of love lessons to be gleaned from the employees at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company. After the jump, our favorites:
Given that most people spend 2,000 hours a year at work, it's likely that at some point, a co-worker will make you want to dip your pen in the company ink. Forty percent of people have done it. Sure there are risks: Meeting-table awkwardness, colleague gossip and a sullied reputation. But on the upside, you might get to do it on your boss's desk. Avoid these conversation clichés to stay on the fast track to some serious job satisfaction.
Lemondrop asks if it's OK to use work email for dating. Yes, yes it is. The problem with the office romance is abusing power. It's a slippery slope using the firm's (and personal) power and resources for romantic purposes. Feel free to date coworkers but be very leery of company policy and good, decent manners.
Reading this at work? You'd better be batting your eyelashes and showing some more skin, ladies. It's a man-eat-man workforce out there– if you're not actively working to keep your job (and you might start by doing some real work!) you could be next in line to lose it. According to a recent study done in the U.K., six out of ten workers worry they'll be losing their jobs in 2009, which means they're doing whatever it takes to keep 'em. Workers aren't just sucking up to their bosses, anymore–they're flirting with them!
'Tis the season for that annual event we approach with a mix of trepidation, horror and curiosity. It's a time when CEOs do the Electric Slide, when cocktail weenie sales soar and professional reputations are made or sorely lost. Ah, the office holiday party. You know the protocol, but just in case, we've pulled together tips for maintaining your composure and setting limits.
Oh Lordy. Sex at work just got interesting! Here's the story: two ad agency art directors were having sex in their Manhattan office one Friday afternoon a few weeks ago. A co-worker noticed, alerted his buddy from IT and the two peepers recorded the 20-minute session with their phones. The buddy then uploaded a 60-second video to his computer, sent it to some officemates and lo, a week later the clip ended up on Gawker.
In a bid to attract and retain high-quality professors, Texas A&M has started hiring couples. In the academic world it is often difficult for couples to find a job at the same university and have to settle for something less than ideal. But A&M has decided to bolster its ranks by actively seeking out couples looking for tenure or tenure-track positions. Sounds good.
Office romance is on the rise— today, 47 percent of American professionals say they've dated within the workplace—and, say experts, it's also the latest, greatest place to meet a mate. But the changing landscape brings both increased perks and perils. While some companies see it as a way to positively affect work-life balance others are leery. There are a few things to know about before turning a work spouse into a real spouse or at least romantic partner.
From The Associated Press By Joyce M. Rosenberg Most small-business owners have to deal at some time or another with employees who date, perhaps fall in love and probably break up. It’s pretty hard to prohibit workers from becoming romantically involved, but owners can take steps to ensure that a relationship doesn’t get in the way of getting the job done. Tango’s Take In night’s episode of ‘The Office’ in which Jan required Michael to sign away his right to sue the paper company if their relationship sours his work experience. After that show, this article seemed relevant. Where does a nice girl meet a nice fellow? Options: work, bar, friends, school, gymnasium or dating service. With sleeping hours removed, most of our time is spent working or commuting to and from work. Eliminating office romance really cuts down on prospects. Just be discreet, compartmentalize work and love life, don’t abuse office equipment too much and for God’s sake DO NOT work for a family business.