Friday funny: The Office (David Brent welcomes 'the Swindon lot')

An office is generally a room or other area in which people work, but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it (see officer, office-holder, official); the latter is in fact an earlier usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one’s duty. When used as an adjective, the term office may refer to business-related tasks. In legal writing, a company or organization has offices in any place that it has an official presence, even if that presence consists of, for example, a storage silo rather than an office.

An office is an architectural and design phenomenon and a social phenomenon, whether it is a tiny office such as a bench in the corner of a “Mom and Pop shop” of extremely small size (see small office/home office) through entire floors of buildings up to and including massive buildings dedicated entirely to one company. In modern terms an office usually refers to the location where white-collar workers are employed.

Office theft statistics

Theft in the workplace is a common occurrence. Surveys indicate that the majority of office workers (58%) have admitted to having taken office supplies for their personal use. The most commonly stolen office supplies include pens/pencils (78% admit to this), followed by self-adhesive “sticky” notes (44%) and paper clips (40%). Some employees are even taking decorations like plants, paintings and office furniture (i.e. stools, chairs, shelves) (2%).

In fact, in the U.S. state of Ohio, approximately 45% of all stolen equipment in 2004 was office equipment.

To minimize the effects of robberies of office buildings, the company which leases the office space will often invest in office burglary and robbery insurance. This insurance often covers both monetary theft by employees and physical robberies, such as stealing office furniture, equipment, or information.

Here is the original: Personnel Today