In the dictionaries:

staff [countable, uncountable] the people who work for an organization

You say a staff member (or a member of staff in British English) or an employee, when talking about one person on the staff. ✗Don’t use a staff to refer to one person.

officer: someone who is in a position in an organization or the government

a prison officer

the chief medical officer

the organization's public information officer

The document must be certified by the proper officer of the state.

office staff: professional or clerical workers in an office

Let say, I am an average accountant mostly work in an office of an certain company.

Which of the followings are appropriate?

I am an office staff

I am an office staff member

I am an officer

I work in an office

  • "which of the following" (not followings). Oct 28 '17 at 11:31

1 and 3 are definitely wrong. 1 is wrong for the reason given in the dictionary: staff is a collective noun. 3 is wrong because "an officer" means something different than "someone who works in the office"; it has various meanings in military, legal, government, and corporate contexts, but always means someone in an official role--that is, a role with defined powers and duties. If someone just says, "I am an officer," I'd assume they're a police or military officer.

To me as a native American English speaker, 2 sounds stilted. "I am a member of the office staff" sounds good, if formal. 4 sounds totally natural, but it has a more general meaning, because you're no longer talking about a specific office, which is what you're looking for. "I work in the office of X Accounting Firm" sounds fine, as does simply, "I work for X Accounting Firm," which implies that you're a member of the office staff.

  • what about "I am a White-collar worker"?
    – Tom
    Oct 28 '17 at 3:34
  • 2
    People never describe themselves that way. It’s generally used to talk about the labor market or refer to a hypothetical worker.
    – mamster
    Oct 28 '17 at 3:42

From my experience, people don't speak about the place that they work (office) as much as they speak about the type of work that they do or company they do the work for.

If someone asks: "Where do you work?", responding by saying "I work in an office" sounds like you are avoding the question. Respoding by saying "I work for X Company as a Job Title" sounds more natural. (Example of how this would sound in a real conversation: "I work for Google as a Software Engineer")

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