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What the Workplace Would Be Like If Stock Photos Were True

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Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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Stock photos are renowned for their accurate representation of life. The people dressed in fresh-pressed outfits, the immaculate offices, the ever-so-happy people — this is how the workplace really looks like, right? Right?

Of course not! Stock photos are notorious for being cheesy and, well, very posed. And if they were actually true representations of real life, this is what an organizational culture would be like:

1. Offices would be sparse and lifeless (is that an echo I hear?)

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2. Nothing ever gets done because everyone spends all day pointing and staring at blank computer screens

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3. … Or pointing and staring at blank sticky notes

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4. Employees solve problems with giant puzzle pieces that fit ever so perfectly

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5. Brainstorming involves standing awkwardly close together and looking longingly into your coworkers’ eyes

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6. … And then posing for a photo next to their beautiful yet disturbingly simple mind map

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7. People shake hands while sitting down (all the while, holding perfect posture — impressive)

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8. Your boss threatens to punish your mediocre performance with paper cuts

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9. Your coworkers are incredibly enthusiastic about anything and everything (deadline moved up? YES!)

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10. Power suits. Everyone wears power suits and looks incredibly fierce (except for the woman in the back who belongs in #9)

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