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Everything ‘The Office’ Got Right About 9-To-5 Office Life

After Friends, The Office (US, ofc) is one of the most genius and iconic TV series of all time. In case you’ve missed it (what are you doing?) the show follows the day-to-day lives of the employees at Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In what is probably the most mundane setting possible, the show’s true-to-life humour makes it hysterically funny. But how close to legit nine-to-five office life is the show? Here’s everything The Office got pretty well bang on.

Office romances are all too real

According to a survey of 4,000 employees, nearly 40% of people have dated a co-worker at some stage. With 30% of those relationships resulting in marriage, so it’s no wonder so many people are looking for the Pam to their Jim.

But not all office romances end well. What if you end up with a Ryan? Or (god forbid) a Jan Levinson-Gould?

If things don’t work out, having to work with an ex can be pretty bloody awkward, so be wary of that.

Almost every all-staff meeting is pointless

“Conference room, five minutes.” Much like The Office, most all-staff meetings in the real world are just as pointless.

Like, maybe not as pointless as the time Michael forced the entire office to watch the premier screening of Threat Level Midnight, the screenplay he had been working on for years.

Bad bosses exist

Michael Scott wasn’t a bad guy, but oh boy, he was a bad boss. He had like, no management skills whatsoever, and was too busy worrying about what other people thought of him to be an efficient manager.

Michael once said, “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me,” and this perfectly sums up the kind of boss Michael was.

And in your professional life, you’re going to come across crappy bosses who, even if they aren’t bad people, are bad managers – and that’s kind of just life.

At one point or another, we are all Stanley

Stanley Hudson is the human embodiment of utterly and completely over it. We can 100% relate.

Enjoy this gif compilation of Stanley being over everyone’s nonsense and tell me this isn’t you…

… exactly.

Office politics are petty AF

When pretty much your entire life is spent inside the four walls of your office building, small dramas can become huge.

One little slip up can get you booted from the party planning committee and failing to attend Kelly Kapoor’s Glee viewing party might mean getting blacklisted from all future events.

It kind of works the same in real offices – people can be petty AF. So, it pays to know when to tread lightly, because you better believe that person you have beef with will be at work to greet you tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.

Your co-workers are the best part

Like the show, you form some pretty amazing friendships through working in an office. When you work full-time, it’s where you spend the majority of your time! So the people you’re surrounded by do become super important to you – almost like a second family.

And having good pals at work is what makes it great. Even when things are pretty shitty, or you’re deep in the well, they’ll always be there to help you out (or at least can relate to what you’re going through).

When you’ve got good friends at work, heading there every day is so much sweeter.

There you have it. And if you haven’t watched The Office yet, seriously, what are you doing! Get on that ASAP. Thank us later.


Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.

Main image: The Office (US) / NBCUniversal