It’s no secret that Americans are working — a lot.
A study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that citizens with smartphones spend 72 hours a week (about 13.5 hours a day) working, including time spent on the weekends, and take only half their vacation time, creating a national culture focused on the office, even while away.
That's why great relationships at work are of increasing importance when it comes to matter of workplace productivity and emotional well-being, according to a study written about in The Harvard Business Review.
Sigal Barsade and Olivia O'Neill, the two who conducted the study, found that workers who feel a companionate love in the office — like warmth, affection and connection with co-workers — end up being more focused and satisfied.
"Employees who felt they worked in a loving, caring culture reported higher levels of satisfaction and teamwork," Barsade and O'Neill wrote. "They showed up to work more often. Our research also demonstrated that this type of culture related directly to client outcomes, including improved patient mood, quality of life, satisfaction, and fewer trips to the ER." they wrote.
That's why, in honor of America’s hard work ethic and increasing social circle of business friends, we decided to put together a list of some of the people you may find around the average American office, inspired by some of our own.
The office dad
You don’t have to fish far for this guy. He’s always throwing corny jokes and puns downstream. Get it?
This type of worker makes an announcement out of incredibly mundane and irrelevant happenings in the world and in their personal life.
He’s got style. He’s got class. He’s got that smooth new hairstyle and the argyle socks. And he’s always shining bright with a Nixon watch.
The office troll
This type of worker is always there to bust your bubble. Think LeBron is the best player of all-time? “Basketball sucks, dude.” Think you finished grabbing those analytics? “Dude. Please. I breathe analytics in my sleep.”
The quiet girl
The quiet girl works harder than anyone in the office, but she doesn’t really get involved in any of the lunch parties or office debates — like how to pronounce the word “gif" correctly (with a soft "g," obviously).
The electronic boss
You’ll never see this boss. Ever. Hidden behind a keyboard and away in who-knows-where, this boss will always send you the honest Gchat or the exceptionally late email.
The office couple
When they first got together, so cute. But now? Debatable.
He loves Wes Anderson, but hates Joss Whedon. Goes to Belle & Sebastian concerts, but would never be caught dead at Bright Eyes. And don't even think about bringing up 1980s music, although he does find it "important."
The sports fan
Did you hear about LeBron? Did you see Tiger Woods? Dude, Jeter’s retiring. This guy is sports all the time.
The inspirational-quote girl
“Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
The gossip queen (or king)
“Janice totally is hanging out with Richard.”
“Oh, did you hear who broke the copier?”
“Ricky’s kids are so cute!”
“He totally is my bro.”
The social media brawler
Tweets galore, mentions up the wazoo. The brawler is always going head-to-head with the regulars on Twitter and making sure the entire office knows about it too. Think twice before retweeting this guy.
The headphone guy
You think this guy can’t hear you? He can — and he’s been listening the entire time.
The health nut (also known as the standing-desk guy)
Bouncing on an exercise ball all day, this co-worker makes you feel a bit guilty about eating that office snack.
The open laptop walker
A hard worker and multitasker, the open laptop guy has a meeting to get to. And he doesn’t have time to waste. It’s undetermined if he works while using the restroom.
The game-room guru
When the Guru sees you working too hard, he or she will always invite you to release some of your frustrations over air hockey.
Yeah this guy is — oh, sorry. No, but, seriously he — yeah, sorry. No, but really — oh, gotchya. Can’t get a word in.