Front office vs. Back office
Many companies have what is referred to as a "front office". It is usually the area just
within the front door where the receptionist is located. Key managerment is typically
located nearby but other workers must walk down a hall. With every step down that hall
there is a little less prestige.
Sometimes it is a particular floor. At Kmart's headquarters in Troy, Mich., the top
executives had offices on the fourth floor. This was a highly prestigious place to work.
Administrative Assistants on this floor had a different culture (attitude, way of thinking)
than their peers on other floors.
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