Let's be honest with ourselves — there's no one in the world quite like Dwight Schrute. I mean, NBC's hit sitcom The Office has been off the air for going on two years now, and yet I still find myself quoting this memorable character on a regular basis. Now could this be because I'm a certified TV junkie who doesn't know how to communicate with others outside of pop culture jargon? Possibly… But I think it mostly has to do with the overall quality of the character himself. Dwight may not have been compassionate or selfless or a very nice person in general, but man-oh-man did I sure love him. So now that Rainn Wilson is returning to TV in FOX's Backstrom this week, I can't help but think back to the actor's former source of employment and get nostalgic of what once was.
That's not to say, of course, that Wilson's new role won't be a bucket full of laughs as well. In fact, I'm very much looking forward to seeing this familiar face back on the small screen. However, I think it's safe to say that Everett Backstrom is no Dwight Schrute. (If anything he seems to possess more of a House-esque type quality.) So in honor of Wilson's roles — both past and present — here's a look back at some of the many lessons Dwight taught us throughout the years about being a good (but also quite terrible) Office mate.
Mocking Coworkers Is Completely Acceptable
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, after all.
Genuine Sadness & Menstrual Discomfort Are Hard to Differentiate
Because what else could a woman possibly get so overly emotional about?
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
The more you know!
Wear Many Different Hats in the Workplace
Or, you know, wigs.
Respect Others' Personal Space
Boundaries are important, people!
Appreciate Those Around You
You never know when it could all disappear.
It's Important to Try & Connect With Others
You may just find out you have a lot in common.
Address Your Strengths & Weaknesses
It brings you one step closer to finding a solution.
Always Offer a Helping Hand
They'll appreciate the effort.
Establish a Safe Office Environment
A helpful tip, indeed.
Be Friendly to Coworkers
Just mind the paper cuts.
And Make Sure to Draw Inspiration From Yourself
You are pretty awesome, after all.
You're the best, Dwight. Never change!