Month: March 2016

The Jim and Dwight Files

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So far this week has looked at the idea of your coworkers being your family or taking a page out of Wendy Williams book and keep it nice, but also keep your distance. I’m with her, while Michael from the other day – he’s more like the characters found on The Office. It wasn’t the first show to take place in a work space, but some may regard it as one of the best – even the haters who say it fell far once Michael Scott exited to be with his one and only. Despite the naysayers about the final couple of seasons and the quality, this NBC hit showcased the family aspect of those you spend the workweek with.

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Does Not Work Well with Others

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Maybe it’s because the only people I’ve ever had to work with were from LA, maybe it’s because I am my mother’s daughter and inherited her disdain for people, or maybe it’s just that I work better on my own. Whatever the reason, I do not like having to interact with humans when it comes to work. I can email, that’s fine – but talking on the phone or being face to face, those make my face twist up in disgust. If Michael is the coworker from up above, I am surely the one from the pits of hell. I am quick to argue, and I often do because really – if you’re running your company like a dumbass…I feel like it’s my duty to let you know, and I do not like nor care how you’re doing. Shut up Carol from accounting. I imagine all jobs have accounting departments and they all have a Carol who never stops talking.

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The Heavenly Coworker

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You could not pay someone to not like Michael Angel. He’s just one of those people who illuminate every space they find themselves in. We first met back in 2008 when American Idol went from a show watched only on TV to a weekly routine that involved waiting in line for hours just to witness the taping in person. He was never without a smile and he almost always made a new friend every seven days on Beverly Boulevard.

Today he’s rightfully the first person you see when you step off the elevator at the office he works at on Vine. And as someone who’s spent a week or so in the same space – he’d likely win their “Friendliest” category if jobs were cool and had annual superlatives. Side note: do some jobs do this? Let me know because we did it once at a contract job and it was fantastic.

Anyways, Michael just inhabits a natural personality that draws you to him and because of that – I knew he’d have a polar opposite take on coworkers from myself aka the hermit lady of Van Nuys. He notes he never has to fake his kindness towards others, including those at work – which makes him a rare commodity in LA. So the following explores what a nice guy has to say about working with others; it’s not always sugar and spice but he does have some sound advice.

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Watercooler Associates: Your Family Away from Home

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For most people, jobs not only require them to be somewhere at a certain time, have a certain skill set, but also have a knack for getting along with those around them – or at least faking it enough to make the workplace not feel like a war zone; most days. Coworkers are a normal part of almost every job on earth, and they’re just as much a part of people’s lives as family. No really, think about those who work a 40 hour work week. Getting home in the evening at around and having only a few hours with those you’re related to before you pass out, the math checks out (coming from someone who took algebra three times in her life).

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