Are you one of the thousands of people across the UK working in an office job focussing on anything from administration, to sales, to finance, to customer service? If so, you’ll probably agree with us that real life is nothing like The Apprentice!
Working in such close proximity with the same people day in, day out, can lead to some pretty cringe-worthy situations! Below is our list of top awkward office moments you won’t see on The Apprentice. How many can you identify with?
1 –Walking behind someone down a particularly long corridor, and having to say thank you every time they hold one of the many doors open for you.
2 – Being asked to transfer a call but having no idea how, so having to randomly mash buttons until you completely cut the caller off. Maybe you should just avoid answering the phone altogether.
3 – Having no choice but to stubbornly hover behind the person using the microwave, because you’d really like to heat your lunch up next and there’s no way you’re going to let anyone else nip in there before you.
4 – Receiving an unmarked birthday card on your desk and having no idea who it’s for, so writing the most generic message possible – “Good luck, you.”
5 – When someone uses your pen and forgets to bring it back. What do you do? Stay silent and rue the day you let them borrow anything of yours, or make a point of going over and asking for it back – even though it seems incredibly petty? Of course, you could easily go and get a new one from the stationery cupboard– but it’s the principle of the matter!
6 – When you friend request a colleague on social media and they don’t respond, ever… but you can clearly see them logging into their account every day.
7 – Realising that you’ve been saying someone’s name wrong for the whole time you’ve known them. Like really, really wrong. Like calling Jennifer ‘Helena’ kind of wrong. There’s no going back from that!
8 – Being forced to make small talk with that person you really don’t like because you both got up to make a round of tea at the same time. So how are the kids?
9 – Accidentally touching someone’s hand at the photocopier/ water cooler/ paper towel dispenser.
10 – Spraying a considerable amount of water up yourself at the sink and then having to do the walk of shame back to your desk looking like a messy child.