After nine years, The Office has closed its doors, but not before teaching us a number of highly important workplace lessons. This article from The Week lists 22 lessons, but here are a few of my favorites:
Know the value of company loyalty.
Dwight: Would I ever leave this company? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly… I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most.
Jim: Right now this is just a job. If I advance any higher in this company, this would be my career. And, uh, if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.
But make sure they still like you.
Michael: Do I want to be feared or loved? Um… easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
And make sure you have a social life outside of the office.
Michael: I’m friends with everybody in this office. We’re all best friends. I love everybody here. But sometimes your best friends start coming into work late and start having dentist appointments that aren’t dentist appointments, and that is when it’s nice to let them know that you could beat them up.