The Office first premiered on the BBC in 2001, but four years later, the show was remade as a U.S. sitcom starring Steve Carell as a regional manager of a company called Dunder Mifflin. Dunder Mifflin was a paper company that would be used as the basis for the fake documentary called, The Office: An American Workplace . En ville ikke tro at en dokumentar om et papirfirma ville være meget interessant, men de ansatte på Scranton Branch var ikke som gjennomsnittlige kontorarbeidere. The office seemed to get away with way more than they should have.
Like any other company, Dunder Mifflin has strict policies, men at Scranton Branch, disse reglerne er ikke alltid enforced. Mens de karakterer ikke kommer i problemer meget ofte, er der nogle regler som ikke er tilladt at blive ødelagt og er tungt håndhævet. Og mens nogle af de tegnene på showet følger selskapets politikk bedre enn andre, så brøt alle reglene på ett punkt eller et annet. So, without further ado, here is The Office: 1
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25 Always Break: Coming In Late / Leaving Early
In bijna alle werkplekken, bedrijven hebben strikte regels over het komen in en vertrekken laat. While it seems like the workday at Dunder Mifflin goes from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, people regularly come and go as they please. There are a number of episodes where employees come in long past 9:00 AM and leave before 5:00 PM.
Michael Scott lets his employees leave early on a regular basis, which may be nice for the employees, but is certainly against corporate policy. Even when Michael does not approve it, the employees often just leave when they please. One time, the entire office even changed all of the clocks in the office and in Michael's car to convince him it was 5:00 PM, just so that they could go home early.
24 Always Break: No Weapons At Work
Anybody Who Has Seen The Office knows that only one employee at the Scranton Branch breaks this rule. In een episode, was het vastgesteld dat Dwight een array van wapens rond het kantoor heeft verborgen, waaronder alles van knieven naar een blow dart gun.
Dwight gebruikt hen, maar veel mensen zouden niet comfortabel hebben met dit veel wapens rond hun werkplek. to protect his coworkers, and even saved Jim from being attacked by Roy using pepper spray. Det var sagt, han gjorde ved et uhell fire et pistol i kontoret i senere årstider, så at "no weapons in the workplace rule" is probably there for a reason.
23 Forced To Follow: Reporting A Relationship To HR
While having an office relationship is not against the rules of Dunder Mifflin, keeping a relationship hidden.
When Michael began having a serious relationship with his boss Jan Levinson, he had to fill out a report with HR, only Michael thought of it as a love contract rather than a Dunder Mifflin formality.
22 Always Break: PDA In The Workplace
PDA, Public Displays of Affection, Frequently makes people uncomfortable, and not just in the fictional world of The Office . Dunder Mifflin definitely has corporate policies against PDA, and the series even dedicated an entire episode to the problem in season 7.
While Michael and Holly's relationship was the basis for the episode, they were hardly the first people to act inappropriately at work . Angela and Dwight, Angela and Andy, Jan and Michael, Ryan and Kelly, and even Pam and Jim all showed some kind of PDA while in the workplace.
21 Always Break: Talking Bad About Saber
The Office saw a big change in season 6 when Saber bought out Dunder Mifflin. Not only did the employees have a new boss, but they also had to start selling printers, and eventually, a pyramid tablet and an arrowhead phone. Mens de telefoner og tabletterne var tydeligvis en dårlig ide for 2010, er det hurtigt etableret, at Sabre-printerne også er løse produkter, der kan forårsage fires.
Trods Sabre er dårlig gjort produkter, Gabe gør en stor aftale når han finder ud dat medewerkers zijn talking bad about Saber. Selv om det er imod virksomhedspolitik, arbejder medarbejderne fortsat til bash Sabre og ligefrem gør et spil ud af det.
20 Forced To Follow: Being Interviewed For The Documentary
From the very beginning of the series, it was clear that the employees were being recorded for a documentary. Selv om det ikke er specifikt talte om på showet, er det sandsynligt at medarbejderne måtte skrive nogle slags dokument, som giver filmskaperne ret til at bruge filmfilm til dem.
Det var også sandsynligt dat de medewerkers werden gedwongen om te zitten voor interviews. Og selvom de karaktererne ofte stormede ud i midten af interviews, måtte de stadig være interviewet, uanset hvor dårlig eller en dag de var.
19 Always Break: Goofing Off At Work
Working at a paper company is probably pretty boring in real life, but working at Dunder Mifflin seems to be fun since everyone always goofs off at work. Most of the show is not about the employees doing their job, but instead, doing the complete opposite.
Jim always seems to prank Dwight, who surely would have gotten him fired in real life. Hij kreeg zelfs iedereen om te stoppen met werken voor een hele dag om deel te nemen aan de Office Olympics. Jim's work ethic is addressed in later seasons, but he is not the only person who slacks off at work.
18 Always Break: Hounding Employees
Michael Scott's personality and unique management style makes him stand out from other bosses, but that's not necessarily a good thing. While fans of The Office no doubt laugh at Michael's actions, he would really be a hassle to work with in real life. One of the reasons he would be hard to work with is because he constantly bothers employees based on their ethnicity, orientation preferences, or hobbies.
While Michael usually makes fun of people as a joke rather than with malicious intent, it is clear that he is breaking Dunder Mifflin's policies since Toby is always on him about the things he says.
17 Forced To Follow: Attending Meetings
Dunder Mifflin employees may break a lot of rules, but one rule they are always forced to follow is attending meetings. Michael roept alle medewerkers in de conferentiezaal voor de kleinste dingen, maar het wordt verwacht dat iedereen zich bij de vergadering bijhoudt. Even when the meeting has nothing to do with work, everyone packs into the conference room to hear what their boss has to say.
Employees have no doubt walked out of meetings before, and Stanley got into trouble once for disrespecting Michael during a meeting, but the employees still attend Michael's pointless meetings.
16 Always Break: Drinking At Parties
Early on in the series, it was established that Dunder Mifflin does not allow bottled beverages to be served at office Christmas parties. Mange bedrifter i det virkelige livet følger denne regel, men Scranton Branch synes at have disse drikkevarer på næsten hver fest som er kastet.
Michael startte denne trend da han købte femten flasker af de ting til jul, men siden da, alle the parties have included it. Karen and Pam even throw a party in the breakroom one Christmas that involved karaoke and drinks.
15 Always Break: Ignoring HR Complaints
Big companies like Dunder Mifflin have a HR department for a reason, but Toby does not do his job very often. Til tross for mange folks filing klager med HR, Toby rarely fixes these problems. While Toby does not do his job, it's not all his fault as Michael should be working with him to fix workplace concerns.
Needless to say, these complaints could have made life easier at Dunder Mifflin, but Michael and Toby did not do their jobs, making life way harder for employees than it needed to be. Men, den showen ville nok ikke være næsten så morsomt hvis denne regel var fulgt.
14 Forced To Follow: Not Using The Baler
In early seasons of The Office the baler becomes sort of a fascination for Michael Scott. When Darryl Philbin was the warehouse foreman, he was very strict about how the warehouse was run, and often worried when Michael would come downstairs to visit. Michael has trashed the warehouse on more than one occasion, but the one thing he was never allowed to do was use the baler.
Even when he asked Darryl to use the machine on his final day at Dunder Mifflin, he was told no . Michael Jackson was never allowed to use it, but Kevin was lucky enough to put some bubble wrapping in one of the episodes.
13 Always Break: Taking Long Lunches
There's no denying that the employees of Dunder Mifflin only work a fraction of the amount of time they are supposed to. Één van de redenen hiervoor is omdat mensen vaak lange lunchpauzes nemen. For example, Phyllis would often take two-hour lunch breaks to go and eat with her husband Bob Vance, from Vance Refrigeration.
In another episode, Jim and Pam go on a long lunch break and even come back to work impaired due to the restaurant having a bottomless beverage policy. Taking a long lunch break once in a while is not that big of a deal, but it happens often with the employees of Dunder Mifflin.
12 Always Break: Going Past The Commission Cap
For the longest time, the sales team at Dunder Mifflin could make a ton of money off of commissions, but after Sabre bought the company, they introduced a commission cap. This new corporate policy made Jim lose his incentive to work since he was basically working for nothing, although he finally found a way around this rule.
Jim and Dwight created a fictional salesman named Lloyd Gross so that they could go past the commission cap and split the extra commission. Pam even created an illustration of Lloyd that combined the facial features of everyone in the office.
11 Forced To Follow: Attending The Dundies
Michael Scott does not seem to enforce many rules at the Scranton Branch, but one rule he seems to have is attending the Dundies. Mens Michael gjør det til at synes at være til stede, er valgfrit, alle kontormedlemmerne normalt går til ceremonien. The awards ceremony has been seen a handful of times during the show, and Michael even tries to get Deangelo Vickers to take over as host after he leaves.
During the 14th Dundies Awards, everyone plays along, although many of the awards are insulting, since it is Michael's last year. The Dundies are in no way a corporate policy, but they seem to be a rule that the employees of the Scranton Branch seem to follow.
10 Always Break: Defacing Company Property
In any workplace, defacing company property is a big no-no. I det virkelige livet kan det ofte føre til at noen blir fired eller at selskapet tar juridiske handlinger mot den ansatte. That being said, Dunder Mifflin, the rule is often ignored with Andy Bernard, usually being the center of the issue.
Due to Andy's anger, he made a hole in the wall at the office twice and even purposely broke his computer so that Pam would have to buy him a new one. Also, in the episode "Suit Warehouse," several office members get a rush from drinking too much espresso and decide to tear up the carpet in the office.
9 Always Break: Forwarding Improper Emails
Since selling paper, and eventually, printers, are the main jobs of office employees, the Internet and email are crucial parts of their everyday lives.
Employees often receive improper emails from Michael as a joke, and he encourages others to send him funny emails as well. The employees even forward a picture of Michael and Jan in Jamaica around the office and warehouse, which was certainly against corporate policy since it involved two of their bosses.
8 Forced To Follow: Throwing Parties For Employees
Michael loves working for the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, but he also loves having birthday parties for all his employees. Michael makes sure each employee gets a birthday party thrown for them, which often takes away from the employees doing their actual work.
Even though Michael seems to enforce the birthday party rule, most of his employees do not seem to mind because they get a break from work. Jim even tries to implement a rule that would combine everyone's birthdays into one party, but the idea was rejected by almost everyone in the office.
7 Forced To Follow: Always Wearing Their Microphones
Since the workers at the Scranton Branch agreed to be in a documentary, one of the rules they probably had to follow was to wear their mics at all times when they were at work. The documentary crew was able to catch basically everything that happened at the Scranton Branch for nine years, since they were always recording audio and video.
Even when the employees were talking in private, like Dwight and Angela, the crew was still able to pick up their audio, which several employees seemed to forget.
6 Always Break: Workplace Attire
Many companies have policies in place that enforce certain dress codes at work. Mens de ansatte i Dunder Mifflin ikke har en uniform, de forventes at være passende når de kommer til arbejde. Men, denne regel er ofte ødelagt af forskellige medarbejdere i hele serien.
For eksempel, Halloween-festivaler har normalt været ude af hånden, da folk ikke altid havde på seg kostymer som ville være ansedda som arbejdsmæssige. Michael Scott even dressed up in a woman's suit one time, but that was just a hilarious accident on his part.
5 Forced To Follow: Going On Sales Calls
There are not very many rules that members of Dunder Mifflin are truly forced to follow, but the employees are forced to go on sales calls on a regular basis . Going on sales calls is one of the main ways the company brings in new clients and it also provided viewers with an episode that partly takes place outside of the office.
These sales calls do not always go according to plan, but the sales team is forced to go regardless. Stanley was knocked out and taken to a sales call when he refused to walk down the stairs again.
4 Always Break: Starting Office Gossip
It's common sense that it's never a good idea to start gossip, especially at work. Men, de ansatte i Dunder Mifflin, sikkert, bryter denne regel mye. While Kelly Kapoor is considered to be the queen of gossip, other members of the office get in on the action as well.
Michael Scott is also responsible for spreading a lot of gossip around the office, although he never intends to hurt his employees, except for Toby. Even Angela Martin spreads gossip around the office through her cold and condescending attitude.
3 Forced To Follow: Filing Complaints With HR
Even though Toby and Michael never do anything about the complaints that are filed with HR, that does not stop the employees from filing complaints.
In the episode "Conflict Resolution" in season 2, several of the following episodes of conflict deze klachten zijn opgevuld, maar het veroorzaakt alleen meer problemen tussen medewerkers sinds de problemen al waren gelegd om te rusten.
2 Always Break: Eating Other People's Food
In any office setting, it's an unwritten workplace rule that you should not eat other people's food in the fridge. People in The Office usually bring their own lunches to eat at work rather than going out for food, but that does not stop others from eating food that's not theirs.
When Andy goes on his boat cruise, Kevin sneaks a sip of his "chunky lemon milk " every day for three months, which is really just expired milk. In another episode, Michael gets mad at his employees and proceeds to eat their lunches that are in the fridge.
1 Forced To Follow: Answering The Phone
Sometimes, Michael tells people to ignore calls during his pointless meetings, but for the most part, answering the phones at Dunder Mifflin is a rule the employees are forced to follow.
Are there any other rules the employees in The Office always follow or break? Sound off in the comments!