THE 10 MOST AWKWARD OUT-OF-OFFICE ENCOUNTERS WITH YOUR COWORKERS
Having friends from work can make you a happier, more productive employee. But that doesn’t mean you want to see your coworkers in all out-of-office environments — now matter how much you enjoy them. Just imagine running into your colleague in these 10 awkward places.
#1. In yoga class
Sure, it can be wonderful to share a workout with colleagues you’re close with, but when you peek through your legs while perfecting your Downward-Facing Dog pose and spot Jim from accounting looking directly back at you, things can get a little uncomfortable.
#2. In the pharmacy line
Some things, like your personal prescriptions, are best kept discreet between you and your family members. But things can veer into very awkward territory when your cowowker lines up next to you just as a not-so-smooth pharmacist decides to shout out that your very personal pills are now ready to pick up.
#3. On Tinder
The go-to mobile app for hookups and casual dating is not the place you would like to see Carla from HR’s face pop up. Luckily, no one has to be the wiser — though depending on what things you see in the profile, things could get strange at work — unless you accidently swipe right and get matched. Whoops.
#4. On a first date
Imagine, you’re already amid an encounter that could get awkward — a first date. You’re settling in, dispensing pleasantries with a potential partner over dinner, and your colleague and her husband are seated immediately next to you. And because this is one of those intimate settings, these tables are so close you can hear each other’s conversations. With this added audience, the first date won’t go so smoothly, and neither will Monday morning at work.
#5. At a job interview
Your dream job opens up at a rival company, so you throw your hat in the ring discreetly. But when you show up to the office, you see Kevin from the cubicle next to yours already sitting in the waiting room. In this situation, it’s probably best to both just pretend you don’t know or see each other.
#6. Bagging your groceries
Nothing is more awkward than discussing money (or lack thereof) with colleagues, so spotting your coworker bagging groceries at Target on the weekends is definitely one of those duck-behind-the-winter-coats-rack kind of moments.
#7. In the steam room
Especially when you work for a power suit kind of company, seeing your colleagues in various states of undress is never a completely comfortable moment. It makes it even worse when the only open spot is directly next to your manager.
#8. In a coffee shop
But wait, there’s nothing wrong with seeing your coworker when you’re out with pals chatting over lattes. Well, unless you called out sick from work, and you’re looking definitely not sick this Monday afternoon at 2 when you run into him.
#9. In the doctor’s office
It’s all about avoiding the elephant in the room when you see Felisha from marketing in the doctor’s office waiting room, because “what are you in for?” can lead to some awkward, unwanted conversation.
#10. On your honeymoon
If you’re lounging in your bathing suit, cozying up with your new spouse and enjoying a pina colada, the last person you want to see is Kerry the office assistant in her bathing suit the next hammock over.