While this clip is funny, it’s no laughing matter to the people who feel like they live it day in, day out. Bureaucracy sometimes reaches frustrating levels of absurdity. How are your employees supposed to deal with what can appear to be arbitrary or pointless rules and regulations that only make their job more difficult?


Use this scene from “Office Space” to get your team honestly talking about corporate policies and procedures, giving the legitimate “why” behind their genesis as well as possibly clearing away any “sacred cows” that have outlived their usefulness and need to be slaughtered.


Do you ever feel like you’re living in this clip? If so, why?

Which policies frustrate you the most?

Is the underlying purpose for those policies healthy? Why or why not?

If the policy is not healthy, how can you help make a positive change?