A girl I worked with just got married so we had a little party for her in the office. Office parties are great, because you get to take a break from the tedium of your job in order to go sit around a conference table, eat cake, and listen to people make small talk about how much they love eating cake. This often involves thanking the person of honor for going and having the life event (in this case, getting married) because it gives everyone else an excuse to eat cake. It’s all kind of awesome.
After some consideration I have concluded that the top three topics of small talk in an office setting can be loosely broken down into the following categories:
- – The weather (and specifically, how it affects people’s commute times)
- – How busy everyone is “at this time of year” (note that it does not actually matter what time of year it is when you say this — the person you are talking to will always nod enthusiastically & agree, rolling their eyes and saying something along the lines of “oh, I know, fall/winter/spring/summer is always soooo crazy”)
- – How great it is to get to eat cake at work
I don’t know about you, but to me there is something very comforting about the predictability of encountering any one of these subjects on a given day at the office.