18 Things You Quickly Realise When You Start Working In An Office

Personal space infringement, sick colleague hatred, and caffeine dependency are just a few of the pitfalls

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Ah, the office.

While it has its benefits (having an outdoor job would be a major pain in Ireland or the UK), it also has quite a few drawbacks.

Have a look at the things you quickly realise when you start working in an office.

1. Forget your personal space

Tensions can get high in an office, which you can pretty much chalk down to the fact that everyone's so damn close.

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2. You sit in silence as you instant message people who are within touching distance

This is normal to you now.

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3. You hate colleagues who bring their sickness to work

Good of you to share those germs in this crowded and enclosed space.

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4. Tensions evaporate when free food is added to the mix

Food... is there anything it can't do?

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5. Conversational confusion is commonplace

As people are talking all around you about stuff that seems important, you're not exactly sure if you're part of the discussion or not.

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6. Shop runs are rife with danger

Easy tiger, slow down. You cannot leave the office without returning with gifts from the outside world.

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7. Offering to make tea is equally hazardous

Oh, you just made tea for yourself? Selfish bastard.

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8. When a workmate takes their due holidays (even though everyone else is also entitled to them), they are just the worst

Jammy git.

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9. Signing cards for people you don't know is a thing

"I sincerely hope you have a great birthday... I wanna say Alan?"

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10. Birthday cake etiquette is a minefield

Can we horse into this warlock, or what? Someone tell the birthday girl to cut the damn cake already.

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A delicious treat that also reminds you that you're still at work

11. Your co-workers will ALWAYS be either too hot or cold

There can be no in-between.

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12. The 3pm slump is real

This is the point in the day where your life seems meaningless, everything is bleak, and you have a full-on existential crisis over the sheer futility of all this paper pushing...

Coffee usually sorts that right out though.

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13. Coffee dependency is the only thing that can save you

Ah, good ol' coffee: the lubricant that keeps this whole shitshow running.

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14. Having a computer screen that no one can see is the dream

Book a holiday? Don't mind if I do.

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15. In this crowded and open space, prepare for all conversations to be common knowledge

There can be no secrets from the office.

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16. "Plans for the weekend?"

You'd better know the answer to that question every Friday.

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"Weird, me too!"

17. You get strangely giddy when you have the place to yourself

The office is your oyster.

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18. And passive aggression is rampant

It's your only option really, because in a modern, civilised workplace, you just can't tell your colleagues to go fuck themselves.

I learnt that the hard way.

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Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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