I think most of us are sensitive when a joke is close to home. But when it gets to stereotyping, we all enjoy getting on the bandwagon and joking along.
As you might know, I earn my living in a corporate environment. I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that there’s a lot of stereotyping against working in a office. With people often sharing their testimonies about how they finally escaped the office block life to pursue their life’s dreams, it is no wonder everyone out there must think that all things corporate must be from the devil.
So today, in true tongue-in-the-cheek style, I will take on some of those familiar stereotypes in the effort to bring a smile to your face and remind you that it’s not all about office politics.
#1 The corporate world is not for everyone
What? You mean to tell me that all people are not the same, we’re all different?
#2 Corporate world people are boring
Excuse me? You have obviously never attended a corporate year end function before. The nerds that do decide to attend, arrive with dignity and leave in naked shame.
#3 Corporate world people like being inside the office for the whole day
Uhm, no. The office is where we work. But we would much rather attend business meetings on private yachts.
#4 Only introverts fit in the corporate world
You have clearly never met an HR person before!
#5 Corporate world people have no sense of fashion
Have you EVER watched Suits, you common foe?
#6 Corporate world people have no sense of risk because they work for a salary
Yes, we just get together each morning and say to one another “we’ll get rich by being boring together.”
#7 You’re an accountant? Oh, so you’re good at maths!
Uhm, no. Worst assumption ever. We’re too lazy to use our brains so we use calculators instead. Whatevs.
#9 The corporate world sucks the life out of you
I don’t know what you’re talking about.
#9 There is nothing worse than office politics
#10 You must be very clever to work in the corporate world
You have clearly never met an HR person!
Joking… Love you my HR friends xx
Why did I write this?
I have come across numerous people explaining to me in tedious details as to why they will never enjoy life in an office job. As if I’m crazy to willfully choose to work in an office. I’m not saying I’m enjoying being stuck between four walls for a large number of hours per day. But I am quite irritated by having to justify how I choose to earn my living at this stage of my life. Cut us some slack please!
I would also enjoy being a designer and a makeup artist, working with people (and not just numbers) all hours of the day. If I had been given any artsy fartsy skills, I would most probably spend my life sitting naked on wooden decks, painting nature scenes with the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my hair (anyone notice the scene from The Notebook? No?)
I still envy people who “escaped” from the corporate world and pursued their dreams. Most of us have dreams outside the office, but some of us might not know what’s next yet. So, cheers to everyone who is still in their fish tanks and yearning for their own Sydney harbor.