The Office: How Nonsense Conquered the Workplace - Wisecrack Edition
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Why do we love The Office? Is it the characters? The jokes? The drama? While those are all major reasons, we want to explore another: how pointless work has overrun the economy.
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Written by: Alec Opperman
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Edited by: Mark Potts
Motion Graphics by: Drew Levin
Produced by: Emily Dunbar

© 2019 Wisecrack, Inc.

  • aylmer666

    My last job was at a corporate headquarters for a huge company. Easily it had to be the most toxic work atmosphere I have ever endured and nobody seemed too happy with their lives... largely stemming from our jobs being relatively pointless just like those depicted in The Office. On top of job pointlessness, I think people become lazy and unhappy by having too much unstructured worktime, a lack of pride in their work (such as seeing any real results of it or reaction to it), and lack of upward mobility or the constant learning of new skills.

  • Tomdeblink

    This video was much more depressing than I though it would be

  • Ricardo Rosa
    Ricardo Rosa

    Wix is BS

  • Enki Du
    Enki Du

    He said “come with me as we go real deep”. Teehee

  • Goofy Gal
    Goofy Gal

    Friends will always be better! The office teaches children that you can be a terrible boss who only cares about pretzels and would rather play with toy cars than make a health care plan for your employees, with no consequence what-so-ever!

  • Matt Lewis
    Matt Lewis

    @Wisecrack do a video on Letterkenny!!!

  • Kova

    I had a bullshit job for a while. I spent most of my time writing stories and brainstorming ideas for my creative endeavors. So glad I don't work there anymore.

  • Caitlyn Lavelle
    Caitlyn Lavelle

    I absolutely relate. I was basically the crappiest part of a salesperson. I “pre-qualified” customers for mortgages before sending them to the actual loan officers. An online questionnaire could have done my job.

  • Brownman Living
    Brownman Living

    "I have cause. It is beCAUSE I hate him."

  • EnigmaDrath

    Straight out of college I worked at a job for two years where the Human Resource management had a PR department that had its own Human Resource management ... but we had no catering/cafeteria, because I guess feeding your employees would take too big a chunk out of your valuable budget, which, of course, is needed to pay for the ALL IMPORTANT 2nd Human Resource team :/

  • Pink Wolf
    Pink Wolf

    Please do Parks and Recreation

  • Azure

    Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

  • Azure

    These shows scream privilege because these people have their health, safety, freedom, and security, while others have nowhere to belong, are barely given opportunities to survive, and face life-threatening crises with impossible healthcare coupled with declining health from overwork, on top of high-crime areas.

    • Azure

      Boredom is not a problem, that indicates an internal problem of lack of interests, duty, imagination, ambition, etc.

  • Aaron Bear
    Aaron Bear

    I used to have a super cushy job and I would find myself having nothing to do so I would just put papers on my desk and shuffle them and call my co worker and pretend to work when the manager came around lol

  • trailblazingfive

    Jared great job - have you finally found time to read Heinlein's Starship Troopers?

  • climberis1

    I’m an engineer who’s job is to optimize processes and my job is bs. Wish I worked for a small company.

  • Bryan Simmons
    Bryan Simmons

    Try being a “billable hour” attorney. Biggest bullshit job ever.

  • Matthew Ford
    Matthew Ford

    The Office has changed forever my perception of life and the perception of being insecure, thanks to the office i see life as a performing ground like an inprov course! ahaha

  • Madi Cornetet
    Madi Cornetet

    this is actually so strange, because i grew up "upper-lower class" and many families in the tiny town in Indiana I grew up in were lower to upper-middle class. My family was right on the line of not being able to "keep up with the Jones" or whatever, but still enough to try to *seem* like we were. It was a weird spot to be in for sure, but I remember CLEARLY my mom sitting down to talk with me about my grades and expressing disappointment. She went on to explain that "if you do better, you can get a job that pays a lot, but you sit around at a desk all day. I just want you to be able to get an education so you can get paid to not work very hard" and it confused the ever living shit out of child me, since aimless busywork is like torture. it's surreal to think having jobs like what you described was drilled into me as an aspiration. it's just a little funny i guess, since now i'm working my way up to chef without an education and loving every busy, difficult, tiring, creative second of it.

  • Jessica Victoria Carrillo
    Jessica Victoria Carrillo

    I was an instructional aide for a school district and while I wouldn't call that a BS job, we were being told that we were being trained to be better than the teachers at helping children with their reading development, and yet you were being paid much less than those teachers and we had less hours and we didn't have credentials

  • Benj Smith Productions
    Benj Smith Productions

    Great video.... have a downvote for putting down Friends though.

  • Evan Pahl
    Evan Pahl

    I believe the movie "Waiting..." touched on all this as well, and went further into the aspect of dealing with the ups and downs of workplace culture and politics and dealing with the customers. I highly suggest that movie, it's incredibly underrated.

  • satanicglobalistilluminati

    i disagree with anyone who talks meaning from work meaning comes from work because people crave meaning (even nihilists find non meaning in nihilism that creates a illusion of meaning to there psychie) and work happens to be a thing we are all kind of forced into so its natural to find meaning in it

  • ManiakGear

    I am wired wrong because my career pursuit has always been moving up to the highest amount I can possibly be paid for doing the least amount of real work.

  • Void

    I once interned at a corporate headquarters. My job consisted of 5% doing random bullshit nobody else wanted to, 20% filling out spreadsheets, and 75% doing whatever the fuck I wanted because nobody cared. I was praised for the amount of work I got done in my time there.

  • randomfox

    What kind of loser gets "depressed" because they're not "fulfilled" by their "career"? Fucking, get a hobby man. Learn to play an instrument. Paint. Something. Jesus. Work to LIVE, don't live to work. Why the fuck would you complain about having a job that lets you pay the bills and afford food where you don't have to do any actual WORK? You have infinite time to do something that's actually meaningful with your life and not have to worry about life necessities and you're wasting it feeling fucking depressed because you're not delivering babies or some shit? I wish I had a bullshit job, christ.

  • Erisch

    I don´t think most jobs are completly bs-jobs, Most jobs have at least 10% of actual work in them, buuuuut people including me and everbody else tend to inflate those 10% and act like the company would not run without them. While trying to "look busy" the remaining 90%. By the way I don´t think there are a lot of jobs that are actual work 100% of the time, even the most demanding jobs have some amount over overhead, that could be considered "useless"

  • D6

    I currently work as a microbiology tech at a meatpacking plant/slaughterhouse . My job, specifically, is to test the meat for Salmonella. This is by far the easiest job I have ever had, and with little hyperbole I say that a robot or a trained monkey could do it with little difficulty- computers do all the heavy lifting, I just make sure the samples get there. The worst part is, on the extremely rare occasion that Salmonella is detected, the meat still gets sold with little, if any, change to price or destination. Since the plant deals exclusively in beef, and 99.9% of the time beef is cooked to a degree that would kill Salmonella, there's really no risk in selling it. My job is totally superfluous, and if I didn't come in for a day, I really don't know if they would even have someone fill in for me.

  • David DeNardo
    David DeNardo

    Anyone else spend more time and effort trying to automate mundane tasks than if you were to just do the mundane task yourself? It's more fulfilling.

  • Steven Baskerville
    Steven Baskerville

    Is it ironic that I’m watching this video at work because I don’t have anything better to do?

  • Rev Funk
    Rev Funk

    Bleeps??? Can't say "bullshit"??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Max Shanahan
    Max Shanahan

    So many bullshit jobs, and yet so many vital sectors under-staffed, struggling, and needing money to pay more people for real work :/

  • Carlos _
    Carlos _

    I watched this video at work while making a bracelet out of staples

  • elvis92795

    my man hit pam with the she not the conventional attractive receptionist...ouch

  • FunkUp ! !
    FunkUp ! !

    Please make a video on "Scrubs".

  • tkzsfen

    an example of a BS job: making videos on youtube, explaining why we like a certain show :)

  • MisBabbles

    At my bs job I genuinely worked with a Dwight and my supervisor was Michael Scott without the charm. Part of the appeal of the show is these people exist in the world.

  • B52's

    half of what we do in the military is BS, on a good day

  • björgvin karlsson
    björgvin karlsson

    love this video thank you it hits close to home

  • Mobyscors Gaming
    Mobyscors Gaming

    Anyone know the music from 19:37?

  • Cameron Davis
    Cameron Davis

    This video gave me depression

  • Adrian LeCesne
    Adrian LeCesne

    Check our Graeber’s Debt

  • omnise

    My last job was in retail but my bosses job was clearly b.s. so yeah, after three of us were forced to work 8 to 10 hours without lunch, I left. Let him carry his own weight.

  • Ramdapanda

    You know what's really BS? Having to censor out the word SHIT just to make sure IT-my doesn't ruin you financially.

  • Gustavo Ferreira
    Gustavo Ferreira


  • ovinatv

    Wix means fapping in German ;)

  • Dankman9

    The office is by far the best sitcom of all time, hands down, nothing else even comes close.

  • QuirkyQuillify

    Stop f**king beeping! Stop censoring yourself. If you want to swear, just effing do it!!!!!!

  • Unidorsal Icosahedron
    Unidorsal Icosahedron

    There's even bullshit in the video: the Wix ad. It doesn't even have anything to do with The Office, or Wisecrack! (i am fully aware of the economic motivations behind the decision)

  • Tristen McBride
    Tristen McBride

    I'm glad I can always count on Jared to remind me how pointless my existence is 🙃

  • J- oker
    J- oker

    I had a job where I was contracted for 6 months, there no work to do after 2 months. Every day I had to go to work pretend to work, but I did was play solitaire on my PC. I was 23 at the time and it felt crushing, like wasting my life.

  • Jack

    What are societies of control?

  • Guilherme Augusto
    Guilherme Augusto

    Yeah, I work in a BS job right now. I am an intern in a multinational corporation working in a field that adds nothing intelectually to me. However, since there is some family pressure for me to stay there and also the risk of being unemployed, I have decided not to quit it.

  • mfits

    Thanks for putting my misery into context, hearing this in your voice is cathartic and motivational. Time had come to change

  • Lunar Pixie
    Lunar Pixie

    My job isn’t BS however, management keep introducing BS policies that distract from legit work.

  • Mustafarocks Z
    Mustafarocks Z

    Well, this video was B.S. as well as pointless

  • Broken Eyes
    Broken Eyes

    Someone needs to ask Dr Peterson his thoughts on The Office (or direct him to this video). Dr Peterson: does Dunder Mifflin use WWII era torcher tactics on their employees?

  • Shane Yost
    Shane Yost

    would love a job like that more than my current job!

  • Arnie Calang
    Arnie Calang

    I have a co-manager who literally knows and does nothing all day but acts busy. Our senior manager called me out because I was too efficient and I finished all my tasks ahead of time. Our office focuses too much on “perception management”.

  • Bryanna Miller
    Bryanna Miller

    I think an interesting thing to dig deeper about is the service industry. While those jobs aren't necessarily BS, they do encourage that culture of suffering that Graeber commented on! As someone who works in retail, exploring why service jobs have this intense culture (at least in America) of Suffering + Forced Accommodation to Customers = Fulfilling Work could be something intriguing to study! Great video, as usual! Thanks guys! :)

  • Chris

    Part of my job is to make sure other people did there job. So stupid... Its because the team hires bad help and I'm forced to double check their work or it bites me in the ass.

  • Adam Power
    Adam Power

    Why do you address me as Wisecrack? I'm not Wisecrack. You are Wisecrack. It's weirdly discomfiting. It's similar to the feeling you get when someone repeats what you've just said back to you verbatim. Stop it, Adam.

  • studinthemaking

    I never understood it either.

  • evlqueen

    I guess, as an IT helpdesk person... my job is pretty bullshit. I exist to protect people from themselves and to fix computer problems, but the world operated just fine without computers to begin with and if anything they haven't really freed us up to do other things, they seem to have freed us up to just do nothing. I just cleaned the dust off the top of a cabinet in my office. I don't generally tend to do well just pretending to be busy. I've been through a few jobs because of this, I think.

  • Mel Paradise
    Mel Paradise

    The fuck is this? I run my own shit and love my job, thank you very much. Don't tolerate shitty management. Things are this way because people let them be. Stop being pussies and stand up for yourself.

  • HaydenHatTrick

    I worked a BS job where the boss would change my task for something urgent that came up... every 10 minutes like clockwork. They also had a CCTV camera for every office desk so they could watch me work and what was on my computer screen. That job... now that was a shit job.

  • benjamin garces
    benjamin garces

    I once did an internship on the water treatment company of my city. utter bullshit.

  • tehnoobestworld

    Fucking Puritan work ethic making American workplace suck for the past 200+ years


    Dostoievsky + The office. Amazing. I didn't see that coming, you writtin was great as always, i would love to translate your videos to portuguese (i am from brazil) i will exercise my english and learn a lot about the things you spoke in your content.

  • megascrub gaming
    megascrub gaming

    I worked retail at target for four years as a combination cart guy/ janitorial worker and it not so much that the job was useless but by the end so much bureaucratic bullshit started to creep in that my bosses started just adding shit that only made the work take more time. it got so bad that I couldn't clean the restrooms with a mop bucket I had to use a spray bottle if I needed to mop. this on top of being blatantly ignored whenever I needed something taken care of. "equipment not working? oh its fine.'" sure enough its breaks down completely and all I get is a meek sorry like that changes how much I told you this was gonna happen.

Prossimi video