For many comedy fans, Thursday night will be a sad one, as "The Office" comes to an end. In honor of all the awkwardness we've been subjected to thanks to Michael, Dwight, Andy and the rest of the gang, we thought we'd offer a list of office faux pas we've picked up on over the years.
Here are six things "The Office" taught us about work life:
Do Beware Of The Mass E-mail: In this clip, Michael accidentally sends a racy photo intended for one recipient to the entire office, but he's not the only one to have made this mistake. Workers everywhere and even major companies like JPMorgan have been publicly shamed after accidentally firing off a mass e-mail.
Never Embarrass Yourself At An Office Party: We all know what it's like to get a bit too sloshed from an office party open bar, like Michael does in this clip (and if you say you don't, you're probably lying). To make us all feel better, here is a compilation of people who seriously embarrassed themselves at an office holiday party.
Don't Label Your Employees (Literally): One of the major hinderances to workplace diversity is that white male managers often find it difficult to communicate with employees who don't look like them, according to a recent survey of about 700 managers at major companies. This is a phenomenon Michael demonstrates in this clip about "Diversity Day."
Avoid Engaging In Violence At The Office: In this clip, Andy breaks what is perhaps the number one rule to keeping your job: Avoid violence. Still, there are apparently real life managers who go around punching walls at the office, if one anecdote in this Politico takedown of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is to be believed.
Try Not To Be Too Aggressive: Sometimes being too aggressive at the office can put you in a awkward position as Ryan demonstrates on this sales call with Stanley. It may prove to your advantage to be an introvert at work anyway, recent studies have found.
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Twenty-somethings often think that their career is an either-or choice between fulfilling a passion or earning a lot of money, Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist who specializes in 20-somethings, told The Huffington Post. But 20-somethings should be looking for a career that can fulfill their passion <em>while</em> meeting financial needs. It's possible.
You Stay On A Path You Know Is Not Right For Too Long
Twenty-somethings should be building a career that they want for the long haul, said Alexis Grant, an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist. "If you realize you are not doing the right thing, figure out how to get on the right road as soon as possible. Don’t worry so much about lost time or lost investments," she said.
You Think 'I'll Really Start My Career At 30'
Young professionals often think that the jobs they have in their 20s "don't matter," Dr. Jay said. But employees in their 20s should be in jobs that are helping them build "identity capital," so they can figure out where they want to be at the next stage of their career.
You Compare Yourself To Your Peers
In school, students find themselves doing roughly the same things as their peers, which makes it easy to compare their accomplishments to others. But after college, comparisons are "just too complex to be useful," Dr. Jay explains. People also tend to only compare themselves to those who seem to be doing better than they are, which can lead to feelings of depression, she added.
You Act Entitled
Twenty-somethings who had <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/08/02/the-biggest-mistakes-20-something-job-seekers-make/" target="_blank">over-involved parents can sometimes think that they deserve an easy ride at work,</a> Dani Ticktin Koplik, an executive and performance coach, told Forbes. This can have a devastating effect on their career, not to mention their relationships with superiors.
You Aren't Mindful Of Social Media Use
Twelve percent of hiring managers said it's a mistake for millennial job candidates to discuss a job interview on personal social media sites, according to a recent survey by Adecco, a human resources consulting company. Not being professional on<a href="http://mashable.com/2011/06/16/weinergate-social-media-job-loss/" target="_blank"> social media can cost people their jobs</a> as well.
You Are Not Building Something For Yourself, Just Your Employer
In today's working world, 20-somethings really need to be thinking about what they can walk away with when they inevitably switch employers, Grant said. "Throw yourself into your day job, but also build something for you because you will likely not be in your job forever," she said. Grant suggested writing a blog or working on obtaining a Twitter following.
You Worry Too Much About Current Work-Life Balance
Young professionals will sometimes think that they are working too hard now and that it will be like that for the rest of their career, Dr. Jay said. What young professionals should really be thinking about is if they are in a job that will provide them with work-life balance in the future when they will be thinking about starting a family and other life decisions.