A little knowledge can be a terribly confusing thing. For example, you might have already learned that your Czech office-mates call each other “office rats.” What? And it sounds a bit mean too, right?
No, not just a bit – it’s mean to the core. But it’s so fitting! Employees working in corporate open-space offices really do resemble the large rodents of the same name. And we’ve found 15 similarities.
They’re really not eager to go outside. They’re most common in metropolises (we’ve heard the biggest office-rat pack is actually in Manhattan – even if they do call themselves “pencil-pushers” over there).
They all love a nice warm, cozy, and clean little nest. Ideally on the highest floor around. Definitely not somewhere in the gutter!
Nevertheless, they have been known to creep through tubes. Not pipe tubes, but the metro, the elevator, Prague’s Blanka tunnel, and more…
That reminds us – they’re great at creeping and crawling around. And carrying germs.
These rats have their office nests lined with a mix of papers and… something.
Although they possess considerable intelligence, they wander around their home territory like a labyrinth. For some individuals it’s nearly impossible to find a way out. Or in.
And how about all those obstacles that someone above them has put in their way! Someone who might just simply be experimenting with them.
Office rats sometimes suffer quite a bit. That might be why most of them don’t hold out in one colony for more than three years.
It seems that most of the rats are actually just toiling in their office labyrinth for a bite to eat.
Speaking of food: Their diet consists mainly of junk food.
That’s why they most often congregate in the kitchen, around a refrigerator full of spoiled items that nobody owns. That place is theirs. And you’ll find so many there.
Their packs run from 20 to 60 individuals, all capable of staying together in a very small space without biting each other.
Food is one strong motivation for their assembling in these large packs. The breeding instinct is another. It’s primarily expressed at Christmas parties.
Many rats are led by a pied piper. And you know where he’s leading them…
Lots of people maintain a dislike for them without really having a reason why. And yet these creatures are intelligent, quick to learn, undemanding… and easily tamed.