Human Resource Analysis of the Office Space Movie Essay

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Reframing at the Movies: Office Space
The movie Office Space, examines and critiques various organizational practices in our society. It is a story about work life and the effects of bad management on the morale of the workers. It is set in a high-tech company and the central character is a technical professional in the organization who has no motivation or passion for his job. Pete works at Initech, a software company. His job consists of sitting in a cubicle crunching numbers all day long, which is enough to make anyone go crazy. Office Space depicts an oppressing, unsatisfactory view of the working world in an attempt to demonstrate unhealthy and ineffective practices that many businesses and organizations utilize. While many elements
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Also, Joanna a waitress at Chotchkie’s, as part of her official uniform, she is required to wear at least fifteen “pieces of flair,” or buttons, on her suspenders. Joanna wears the minimum quota of fifteen because she thinks the idea is “quite stupid actually.” Her boss, Stan, criticizes her for wearing only the bare minimum, asking her why she cannot be more like one the other workers Brian, who “has thirty-seven pieces of flair and a great smile.” When Joanna asks Stan if he wants her to wear more flair, he condescendingly responds, “Look, we want you to express yourself, okay? If you think the bare minimum is enough, then okay. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, okay? You do want to express yourself, don't you?” Stan seems to think that the waiters and waitresses should love wearing flair because “it’s about fun.” However, Joanna views it as an unwanted force and an infringement on her personal expression. Later in the movie, Stan approaches Joanna again about wearing the bare minimum, demonstrating that he does not value her personal expression unless it correlates with the restaurant’s views. Joanna finally snaps and gives him the finger, shouting, “There’s my flair! And this is me expressing myself! There it is! I hate this job . . . and I don’t need it!”
Office Space depicts many practices that are associated with the standard approach to organizations. Where employees see themselves as worker bees waiting for instruction from

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