A downside of college is the lack of time a person can devote to leisurely activities. It has been said before that laughter is the best form of medicine, which is why a person, no matter how busy they are, should make time for pointless yet hilarious shows like the office.
The great thing about pop culture is that it can take real world issues and find some way to make fun of them. On the episode appropriately titled Business ethics, the cast conducts a business ethics seminar which ends up causing more drama in the office. The character known as Meredith is revealed to have been engaging in inappropriate activities with a supplier in order to gain a discount. As humorous as the actors make this episode, these kinds of things actually do happen in real life.
Although many businesses have policies and rules against unethical behavior, the point of the story is that sometimes rules and regulations aren’t enough. Just as we have seen in cases like Enron and Lehman Brothers, unethical behavior is a huge issue for a business, and if it isn’t taken care of, it will eventually lead to a complete crumble of the company.
A lot of pop culture television shows and music get a bad rap for being untrue or overly dramatized, but they definitely help to address real world issues. In the case of The Office, we can enjoy the humor of business issues that occur in the 9-5 work world, with an appreciation for being an audience member rather than a pawn in the next big office scheme.
- Goliath National Bank (bizgovsoc4.wordpress.com)
- How to Build an Ethical Business Culture (entrepreneur.com)
- Why Good Employees Do Bad Things (openforum.com)
- Business Ethics And What It Means For Your Business (clurradonald.com)