Office Space: Emotional Competency Analysis
In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Course
Communication 478-1: Organizational Communication
Nov. 25/ 2011
Office space, a critically acclaimed film, portrays many significant themes one faces in an organization. Although it may seem like this movie was a comically based office story, it tells a deeper story about one, Peter Giffins and his environment in the work place as he goes to work every day and really hates what he does until a hypnotist intervenes into what seems like his stressfully and miserable life. This movie was most inspiring and a true insight to the corporate world, through the eyes of the poorly treated rebellious staff. My analysis will focus on emotional competency; the stress brought on to Peter and how he effectively dealt with it, and conflict styles that arise in the movie and how it’s handled from the beginning to end. Office Space shows us a world where no college student dares putting their future into, that of the cubicle-ridden software company (intitech). At this juncture, work and life for the employees of the software company are repetitive and mind-numbing, that’s until Peter Giffins decides to stand up against the system after a life changing moment in his life. While Peter is under hypnosis, the therapist has a heart attack and dies. Peter never snaps out of his hypnotic state and has a new view on life. He discounts the negative things in life and seeks out to do everything he’s wanted to do every day rather than be at work. When Peter stops into the office to pick up an important phone number he's called in to speak to the efficiency consultants where it is clear to the consultants Peter is not being challenged enough, and ends up getting a promotion for his cool and honest behavior. Even after the promotion, Peter continues his erratic behavior which involves a plan to make easy money that ends up turning into a serious crime...
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