Office Space

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Thesis Statement: Office Space displays the psychological torment and stress that people endure in their repetitious work routines and how they react to each predicament they encounter.

Job security for much of society’s employees has become an increasingly large trepidation for those self-thought to be in an uncontrollable situation. Also, the working man’s perspective has the ability to be swayed for better or worse while suppressing years of frustration associated with work. The movie Office Space (1999) provides prime examples of how these corporate and impersonal approaches to their employees can have ominous effects. Office Space displays the psychological torment and stress that people endure in their repetitious work routines and how they react to each predicament they encounter.

A primary concern with work-related stress issues presented in this movie is the constant paranoia associated with job security. Employees find themselves threatened by company policies so much that they will tolerate almost anything to maintain good employment status. Employees find themselves working for a paycheck with little or no passion for their job because of lack of motivation or sheer desperation to make end’s meet. This rigorous cycle of day-to-day life leads to the ultimate labeling of a “Stressed-out Corporate America”: stressed because no matter their efforts, the ultimate consideration of a company’s staff is not substantial enough to provide an incentive to enjoy their work; they are merely dealing with it to bring home a paycheck until a better job comes along.

The defining moment when an employee has reached their limits on performing a uniformed routine without acknowledgement from their superiors can almost instantly change their perspective on how to deal with their advancing stress. Office Space looks at this scenario through different characters and shows how they individually deal with their anxieties. Peter Gibbons is an employee for Inatech,...
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