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Old 11-18-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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Many of the people who are at my company are better suited for a job that involved limited interaction. These people could do their work without really talking face to face with anyone. They sit and stare into a computer all day. They are not in a position to make any waves or **** anyone off because they have no influence or clout and no one asks them their advice on how to get the job done.

My jobs have usually been heavy in office politics and employee interaction. In these jobs, you are "a decider" on how important things are done. You need people to help you get your work done and they need you too. Your job involves alot of office politics because your influence may be a threat to others and your decisions has an effect on people outside your work group. A common position title for these front office jobs include: Human Resources Manager, Office Manager, Operations Manager, Marketing, etc.

So, which are you and why?

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Old 11-18-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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A common position title for these front office jobs include: Human Resources Manager, Office Manager, Operations Manager, Marketing, etc.
You are confused. "Front Office" is Sales and Customer Service. HR, Marketing, Office Manager are all "Back Office" jobs.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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Maybe at your company but for this question back office is for people who have little employee or customer interaction.



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You are confused. "Front Office" is Sales and Customer Service. HR, Marketing, Office Manager are all "Back Office" jobs.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:32 PM
 
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I always thought that "front office" people generated income and retained customers and that "back office" people handled operational functions, i.e. accounting, human resources, etc. So I'd agree with Sassberto. With that, I'm in outside sales, so I'm "front office". I'm only actually in the office about 50% of the time and when I am, I'm usually on the phone with clients or making calls to set appointments.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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Maybe at your company but for this question back office is for people who have little employee or customer interaction.
"Front Office" and "Back Office" are Wall Street terms. It refers to customer interaction, not employee interaction.

Front office - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Back office - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you are going to make statements, be accurate.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Back office, which just happens to be where my office is located. I lucked out and got a corner office (quite large compared to others) with two windows. I rarely deal with the public and most of my interraction is limitted to co-workers within my department. I'm an accountant working (yes working )for a government funded agency.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:27 PM
 
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I don't work at a brokerage firm, so just a normal office for me.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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I'm in HR. In my office our VP calls some of us "customer-facing" (Benefits, Payroll, Employee Relations) and others (like me in Compensation) are not. I do have interaction but a lot of it is Excel, analyzing, etc. I like having both aspects in my job but I am really liking getting out and talking to people more than being an office hermit.
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