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Feb 28th 2007 edited

I usually wear pants and tops. Except on Fridays.

Topless Fridays? Pantless Fridays? Just where do you work?

Mar 1st 2007

I personally find suits to be a good choice in wardrobe, and not just for TV. Nothing is more satisfying, to me, then getting a really good looking suit and wearing it for the first time. Makes me feel money. Now I have not had to wear one every day like at Dunder Mifflin, but I have about half a dozen really classy suits that I leap at the chance to wear, but maybe that's just me.

Mar 1st 2007 edited

Pantless Fridays? Just where do you work?

Not work, play, at NorthernAttack.com

Mar 1st 2007

I wear a shirt and tie to my teaching job 4 out of the 5 days. I like wearing a shirt and tie. Very few teachers these days dress up, and I think that's too bad. I think there's nothing wrong with wearing a nice outfit to work, and I like to do it. I have a thing for ties, like Emmyjean said. I like ties. I like mixing and matching my ties with my outfits.

Mar 1st 2007

everyday's jeans day for me, and last time I wore a tie, someone died.

Don't you work at a newspaper? They let you get away with this? That would never have been allowed at either of the papers at which I worked.

Mar 1st 2007

If I did wear ties, it would be a piano key necktie

Mar 1st 2007

last time I wore a tie, someone died

Then you probably shouldn't ever wear ties, unless you're going to be around someone you really dislike.

Mar 1st 2007

Very few teachers these days dress up, and I think that's too bad.

I agree. When I was a student, my teachers always looked nice, and when I taught, I always thought of this example. It just says a lot when you don't see your teachers show up in jeans.

Mar 1st 2007

Then you probably shouldn't ever wear ties, unless you're going to be around someone you really dislike.

I thought of that before I posted but left it anyway. It's better that way.

Don't you work at a newspaper? They let you get away with this?

With all my Pulitzers, I guess they're afraid to say something. In reality, it's a newsroom full of slobs. The men are even worse.

Mar 1st 2007

Very few teachers these days dress up, and I think that's too bad.

I agree. When I was a student, my teachers always looked nice, and when I taught, I always thought of this example. It just says a lot when you don't see your teachers show up in jeans.

At the public school where I taught, teachers were expected to dress up: jackets and ties for men and 'hose for women. I was frowned upon for my fishnets and chunky cable-knit tights, but they seemed unwilling to rewrite the dress code specifically for me, so it was allowed. We did have Spirit Fridays, however, when we could wear jeans as long as we had on school-sponsored gear. This seemed to be just as much a ploy to sell surplus FFA Tractor Day sweatshirts as an actual concession to teacher comfort, but, hey, I now have paint-the-house clothing for a lifetime.

When I directed a childcare/preschool, we wore uniforms: khaki and school polos.

Mar 1st 2007

I work for a market research company that does surveys over the phone, which to some people might be only slightly less annoying than being called by a telemarketter, but is actually pretty cool.

Mar 1st 2007

Hey! I did one of those research surveys the other day. I usually try to answer their questions, I like to read market research findings, might as well do my part. I only don't like how long they take. Sometimes I'll politely agree and find myself stuck on the phone for 10+ minutes.

Mar 1st 2007

I'm so happily out of entertainment advertising (the barb that landed in my side every time people hated on misleading TV promos, oh!).

But I can say that for sure, if I'd wanted it to, my English major plus three years as a journalist could had landed me a very lucrative job as a producer. Copy editing skills plus the ability to write on a deadline then a personal aptitude to read your client's mind and give him/her something funny/poignant/attention-grabbing on short notice? Heck yeah they'll pay you for that. You just won't ever have a personal life, or at least you won't for about 15 years or so.

Not a bargain I was willing to make, but some of my co-workers loved their job with a passion. And it really IS cool to see something you helped create appear on TV.

Mar 2nd 2007

Culturally Explicit, you asked this a ways back, but I'm slow :) Yes, Maryland in the house!

Mar 5th 2007 edited

I wear a shirt and tie to my teaching job 4 out of the 5 days. I like wearing a shirt and tie. Very few teachers these days dress up, and I think that's too bad.

Interesting that so many of you have commented on the "presentation of the educator" notion. And I totally agree.

As a dance teacher, I wore my dance clothes as everyday clothes for years; I saw my mentors doing this, so I naturally followed their example.

Then, I talked to a colleague who taught general education dance courses and he told me this: He would keep a suit in his office, and change into it for the 55 minutes he taught the general student population. He chose to do this after realizing that virtually every prof outside the arts wore "normal" clothes; we as artistes apparently feel we are above that.

Ever since that conversation, I have chosen to wear "normal" clothes to school, change for the three hours I am in "athlete mode", then change back for the rest of the day.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but I find I am taken a little more seriously in faculty meetings, theory classes, and general hallway communication, simply because I am not wearing what amounts to sweats, or, at best, a matching tracksuit.

I thought it was just me (and my suit-wearing colleague), but, after reading through these posts, I feel somewhat validated. Presentation isn't everything, but it does matter.

Mar 5th 2007

Also, having a casino night seems like the kind of thing you'd do on a Friday (and if I was going to get dressed up after work, for a work-related event, I'd definitely take advantage of casual Friday), although we just had a poker night on Tuesday, so who knows about that one.

Well, Toby did say it was a school night.

Mar 6th 2007

Well, Toby did say it was a school night.

There goes that theory. Well played sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar.

Mar 12th 2007

Maybe this should be in the Tirade thread... I've been working in the science field for a few years now and it seems like it's hard to find a research job that is NOT pharmaceutically related. Not that I have anything against those companies, in factI hear mostly good things about them, just wanted to see if there was anything else out there. Is anyone else's field dominated by a particular...type of business?

Mar 12th 2007

Mortgage companies. Which is fine, except that lots of people who work at mortage companies are kind of icky. That's a broad generalization and probably true of any kind of company or organization anywhere, and maybe it just strikes me that way because I don't really like what I do very much. But yeah.

Apr 17th 2007

A question of privacy...

My office layout is similar to The Office, so that each of us is somewhat out in the open, no cubicles or barriers between desks. Once in awhile someone gets a call from a friend, doctor, mechanic, and all of a sudden the entire area knows your bidnez. Usually, it's ok, I don't mind my co-workers knowing that I'm getting my brakes changed on Wednesday but sometimes you can talk more easily, regardless of the topic, when you don't feel like everyone is listening. And you don't want to always go into the break room yourself for a 5 minute call on your cell either.

On the flip side, it's impossible to pretend that you didn't overhear a co-worker talking on the phone and that you know why they are leaving early, or something akin to that.

I'm just curious if anyone works in a similar space, open dialogue is ok on the show but sometimes I'd rather not know about anyone else's bidnez. (spelling?)

Apr 17th 2007

I absolutely HATE having people overhearing my phone conversations. Even if it's just setting up a dentist appointment. My wife will call me at my desk and doesn't understand why I am reticent to show any emotions or blabber to my two year old. I will have to walk out into the hall to do that.

On the other hand, I hear other people arguing with spouses, yelling at parents, and just airing ALL their dirty laundry on the phones. They'll do it on the phones in the cafeteria and I feel like I should leave or something.

Apr 17th 2007

My wife will call me at my desk and doesn't understand why I am reticent to show any emotions or blabber to my two year old.

Maybe you need a code word. Like, when she hears you say, "Pudding," she knows that your co-workers are withing earshot and you can't really talk freely.

I am the same way about not wanting people to know my business, though. Sometimes other people in public talk on the phone so loudly that I wonder if they WANT other people to hear what they're saying.

Apr 17th 2007

I feel like I should leave or something.

Exactly! If it seems appropriate I may ask why they were laughing or if I could help them (if the discussion was about a project), but then I don't know what to do any other time. Since they didn't tell me directly, I feel like I'm intruding or eavesdropping. But you can't avoid what your hear.

Apr 17th 2007

Maybe you need a code word.

Otherwise, you'll just have to shout nonsense words.

Apr 17th 2007

I'm with you Jinx, I hate, hate, hate other people hearing my phone calls, and I can't stand listening to other people's calls. Is there an official term for that, like phonophobia? If so I have it. We have the standard cubes so there's a little privacy but not much.

Apr 17th 2007

Otherwise, you'll just have to shout nonsense words.

Well, that's why I suggested "pudding." There are lots of real-life applications for that word so it's not obviously a code word:

  • "I'm looking forward to having pudding for lunch."
  • "That cake would taste better if it had pudding in the mix."
  • "What, exactly, is figgy pudding?"

See?

Apr 17th 2007

I don't need a code word, I can get up and go into the hallway anytime I want. It's just that sometimes I think it's going to be a short call so I'll stay at my desk, then she'll start talking about her problems with her mother or whatnot and I'm just "mmm-hmmm", because I don't want everyone in the office to know our bidness. Sometimes when she's getting into it I'll just TELL her "hold on a minute while I move" but it takes a minute or so to walk to a "safe" area.

She also doesn't understand why I don't like her listening to my calls. I rarely talk on the phone, but on the rare occassion when a friend calls, she wants me to stay in the room with her while I talk. I think she thinks I'm going to talk about her if I walk away, when in truth I just don't like people listening in...even if I'm not saying anything interesting. I can't be myself when someone is listening. I tried to tell her this but it didn't go well. I can see how it looks to her...why would I want to go outside to talk to my best friend unless I'm saying something I don't want her to hear? She just does not get it.

Apr 17th 2007

Then you have the ladies at work who will be on the cafeteria phone, yelling to their ex-husband something about the kids, they are in tears, screaming, and I'm the only other one in the cafeteria. I'm about to leave, then the call ends, and they turn to me in frustration and say "can you believe that? what an asshole!" Even though I heard every word, I pretend like I was in a coma for the past five minutes..."what? I'm sorry, I was reading the newspaper...I don't know what you're talking about..."

Apr 17th 2007

Well, that's why I suggested "pudding." There are lots of real-life applications for that word so it's not obviously a code word: "I'm looking forward to having pudding for lunch." "That cake would taste better if it had pudding in the mix." "What, exactly, is figgy pudding?" See?

I understood. I was just trying to reference The Client.

Apr 17th 2007 edited

Even though I heard every word, I pretend like I was in a coma for the past five minutes..."what? I'm sorry, I was reading the newspaper...I don't know what you're talking about..."

This struck me as orange-juice-out-the-nose-funny, Jinx.

That's my clever trick as well. (edit: the feigning coma, but I'm actually ok at the oj out the nose thing.)

And someone standing there while I talk on the phone is annoying to me 90% of the time.

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