What ‘The Office’ Gets Wrong About the Office

I start a new job next week and so I’ve been working on documenting all of my old tasks and projects in preparation for the transition. As I was going through old e-mails, I came across the introductory note my manager sent out to the department on my first day back in June 2004. Comparing it to the departure e-mail from my current manager, it’s amazing to see the changes in personnel over a seven-year span.

I prepared this chart using the distribution list from both e-mails, a drawing program, and a site that creates proportional venn diagrams. Only eight people are listed twice — including me and a person who left the company and has since returned. Some of the people who are only listed once have more tenure then me — they just may have gone to/come from another department. Still, it represents an interesting fact about the modern office. Change is constant.

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