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.

  • RArecordings -Rick Valcon-
    RArecordings -Rick Valcon-

    Some would say it was actually a British show. We call this one The Office US...

  • Rumble

    Lol, I'm in the middle of reading Bullshit Jobs.

  • Katherine Pagan
    Katherine Pagan

    I used to sort of enjoy watching "The Office" until I had an actual bullshit job at a tech startup ruled by an abusive, micromanaging narcissist. After that, "The Office" just wasn't funny anymore, because it was too real. It was like watching a cutesy, sanitized version of my horrible job.

  • Mr. Pancake
    Mr. Pancake

    Hopefully the nbc service dies a quick but painful death.

  • Jarrell Jones
    Jarrell Jones

    isnt the point to get paid?

  • CitylightACA

    I feel I get paid less to do so much extra work. I’m a custodian/supervisor. Not only do I clean up everything, but need to do so much paperwork and make schedules, etc. shitty pay man.

  • Oubliette1949

    Thank you for that opening shade thrown at Friends. Show has not aged well.

  • mjtubeme

    For me my BS job is my Day job at a pharmacy. To put it simply: NEVER WORK AT A PHARMACY!!!! My career job is in Entertainment. Which is very fulfilling because you see people smile all the time at your work. I'm in the works of finally leaving my BS job to nothing but fulfilling career work. One of the reasons why I stopped watching the office is because it was kind of too relatable and depressing.

  • Strife Lee Simpson
    Strife Lee Simpson

    promo code is LIES

  • kyle payton
    kyle payton

    Apparently my job is a shit job not a bullshit job but I still deal with a lot of bullshit.

  • PRS Rocker
    PRS Rocker

    Why is a channel that covers so many shows, books, and movies that contain the word shit afraid to actually use the word shit without bleeping it? Seems like a bunch of shit to me. Are you afraid of what Grandma might think? Just saying.

  • low kw
    low kw

    Me : Pikachu face while waiting for my day to go by while watching this video

  • Just a BTS fan
    Just a BTS fan

    I work in fast food and there’s lots of ass kissers and people just like Dwight who love the bureaucracy. It doesn’t help either that team leaders will sometimes say even their role is a bs role. And this is minimum wage for crying out loud!! People take their job too seriously sometimes.

  • Cody

    Capitalism is entirely based on images now, division of labor is so much that every job means nothing that you can literally do nothing and the violent machine that is capital still keeps running since everyone needs wages to live, its so pointless lmao

  • EMAngel 2718
    EMAngel 2718

    As someone who nearly committed suicide a few times on a minimum wage job it really upsets me that so many people get paid so much for no good reason


    My boss makes a dollar and I make a dime, that’s why I’m shittin on company time

  • ТРС

    Slightly triggered about Soviet Union inventing jobs. Examples ? Almost everyone were useful. except some of party beareucrats


    I'm a custodian, AKA janitor. I get paid minimum wage for backbreaking work. Everything hurts, all the time, especially my arms and feet. I wish I could sit around and do nothing all day and get paid for it.

  • Dorakos GG
    Dorakos GG

    Is being a IT-myr a BS job?

  • Mrsn3sbit

    Cut the fat, implement ubi so people are free.

  • Rofa Fofo
    Rofa Fofo

    1k a month would free people from this.

    • Rofa Fofo
      Rofa Fofo


    What's eating at me is that I'm only 21 but everything I theorized about life/adulthood is true. And at my young age I already feel overworked, tired, and lost in the jobs I've had. And of course I'm underpaid. If I was properly compensated I probably would feel better.

  • rishabh anand
    rishabh anand

    i think the reason for bs jobs is that due to technology, we have become efficient to the point that we do not need everyone working, but we have an economy that tanks when too many people are unemployed. thus the harm of having people unemployed outweighs the harm of them being employed in a bs job. not to mention, because of many factors, the companies that have the most bs jobs, are also the largest and most established, which leads to them being profitable anyway even with all the bs jobs within it.

  • Johnathan Myers
    Johnathan Myers

    The Paradox: without these jobs, there would be no Wisecrack (viewers)

  • AthenaLolita2

    I am working a bs job right now. Yesterday we watched a movie at my office. Yes godzilla but first they had to plan it then most of the day yesterday they had to buy snacks and set up. BS job now today they are all away from their desk dividing up leftovers.

  • Anonym Cat
    Anonym Cat

    You don't have to know math to be an accountant

  • Zenas Starchild
    Zenas Starchild

    Flashbacks of WKRP.

  • Adrinopaulindromeus

    Just what the fuck is wrong with you?

  • sampea CAML
    sampea CAML

    A pointless learning about philosophy when you couldn't care less about it and most of all, don't how the heck it is important. Like me, right now. Seriously,though, is there other people what is useful about a philosophy class? Because, seriously...We're never gonna use that knowledge...right?

  • Pothead Nation
    Pothead Nation

    My life is simple I go where the office goes NBC bring it on ❤

  • Bearded Vulture
    Bearded Vulture

    Its funny because even in important jobs the bullshit still finds a way to come through in some ways. Ive worked in advocacy and most recently case management. Work that directly impacts the lives of people and was extremely important but even in this role I always despised the senior staff members for forcing us to use our time to do bullshit that doesnt matter, like writing out a six month strategic goals in ridiculous detail and having meetings about said goals. Forcing this on our staff that had to take time away from say, educating people about their rights and services available to them, to do this crap. I was always pissed off that Id have to waste time on this when I had an inbox filled with correspondence from people, in many times, in desperate need of assistance. My Dept was as effecient as it could be, my staff was content and enjoyed working for me, we did solid good work and didn't need to create additional bullshit goals to change something that was already working pretty damn well. When I told my supervisor this she admitted that this whole thing was simply a way to busy signal to the head honcho. Then do so with the actual work we are doing damn it! So frustrating.

  • H. L. Malazan
    H. L. Malazan

    That sounds like an easy job and not something that people would hate to do like the video thumbnail "Why You Hate Your Job" suggest. That bullshit task was part of my job, but my job also included having to create employees work schedule every month, sending out letters, writing sales reports, creating posters, documenting sales records, new sales entries, making bulk copies, documenting student records, cleaning the toilets, cleaning the entire office, I can go on and on because I was essentially on everything related to administration. This video was a disingenuous attempt to circle back the issue of a bad job market flooded with bad jobs and blame the workers instead. I hated my jobs and it's because I was always overworked and undervalued. I'm thirty and I've never stumbled on a job like the ones described either in the video or in The Office, among the main casts.

  • H. L. Malazan
    H. L. Malazan

    So you think most people hate their job in today's economy because they are skiving off work, daydreaming at their desk, playing games at work?

  • shicalista

    I'm watching this at the office lol

  • Qwokka

    First I worked around 5-6 hrs for 15$/hr (Student), Then I automatized my job and only work now around 2-3 hrs/day for 25$ / hr. Sometimes I stay for 8 hrs at my office and learn new skills for the job and get paid so I can basically kill my job and the job of my co-workers. I don't get any more invited to lunch.

    • My nigga Doppio
      My nigga Doppio

      what's your job? 🤔

  • John VW
    John VW

    I don't need a job. I need money.

  • Biometzger

    The titel of a book, containing the word shit has to be censored? Am i really the only one who can't get used to bullshit like this? - Sorry, I meant "used to something, that resebles fecal matter".

  • Jäger 072
    Jäger 072

    People get paid for nothing and live every man's dream, while I'm over here, learning skills, working my ass off and not even being acknowledged

  • Al Koholik
    Al Koholik

    Not to go too far into "anarcho-anti-capitalism-marxism", but the point of most jobs nowadays is to keep most of the population busy so that they dont have enough free time to realize how useless the people above them are to their daily life. I have a feeling society is one gigantic commercial for how USEFUL our leaders are. And barring that, "let's, at least, keep them busy."

  • Dazwol

    This isn't a problem with blue collar work..unskilled labour can mundane and dull at times but it always has a clear purpose to the job😋

  • Michelle Rekuc
    Michelle Rekuc

    My first job was as an ice cream server, but it was a complete BS job since they had 8 girls behind the counter at all times, even though there were never more than 3 customers on the busiest day at a time. I quit after one summer.

  • Jimsy

    Plot twist - I love my job. But i make music for a living, so wahahahaha, bad luck office bods!

  • Kyle Krawczak
    Kyle Krawczak

    Wow, I'm currently an ER nurse and I've worked continuously since I was 14, mostly in healthcare. can say I've never worked a BS job. I'm actually really jealous. My entire working career has been spent on my feet running around and working my ass off and I still feel like I am underpaid (I lived out of my car for 6 months and I'm not alone) and struggle to pay off my stupid student loan debt, yet people complain about sitting on their assess all day making good money? The problem it seems is CEO's try to cut corners as much as possible and cut jobs and make unimportant jobs. I hate going to hospital orientations and seeing just how many useless jobs are in the room compared to clinical jobs. It seems like a waste of resources. I would love to have more people helping me out. I feel like as a nurse (especially in nursing homes) there are too few people for way too much work. Whenever these asshole CEOs cut clinical jobs to make some other stupid job, I am more stretched in time to help my patients and its simply dangerous. If you wanna complain about you're useless jobs, go get a CNA, EMT, RN, or paramedic. Come see what real work is (careful though, once you get that debt, you're essentially an indentured servant to the stupid system). While im kinda jealous that you guys don't work that hard, I can at least proudly say I've never had a bullshit job I guess.

  • Random Bike Guy
    Random Bike Guy

    best part of having always worked in trades, oil and gas, and exploration geology....these are problems I do not have.

  • Michael France
    Michael France

    I watched this at work.

  • Johnny Durte
    Johnny Durte

    i just went from thinking i have a shit job to knowing i have a bullshit job

  • Salem Saberhagen
    Salem Saberhagen

    Attractive receptionist? you blind? shes obviously the realistic unattractive plain receptionist for a place like that.

  • Trancelucent ASMR
    Trancelucent ASMR

    I made a very decent living doing what I felt was a pointless job. Basically a high middle management sales position. The constant terror I felt was how seemingly replaceable I appeared to be. Sprinkled in with a bit of imposter syndrome. The funny thing is I was a record-breaking, award-winning successful employee. The infinite amount of mundane required tasks distracted me from my quality of output. I simply felt like there was a guillotine strapped around my neck at all times. And I wonder how imposter syndrome affects people in bullshit job positions, with a fear of losing what pays the bills.

  • MaNU_ZID

    This is the best video youve ever made, great stuff

  • kevin sanchez
    kevin sanchez

    If you try to find meaning in your job to justify something you're missing in life. Just end it now you're a pathetic sob

  • Vivien Lovell
    Vivien Lovell

    rule no. 2 of choosing a youtube background - never choose one that matches your hair color

  • dallas copp
    dallas copp

    I was a visual security guard at Macy's. My job was to just stand there in the hope I would scare people into not stealing the expensive clothing. Most of the time it consisted of standing for hours on my phone with no real tasks to complete and no customers to watch. The common theives that would come in eventually caught onto the fact I couldn't wouldn't stop them because the store was afraid of getting sued, so they would try to make it look like they weren't stealing in front of me and then would leave as I watched them go out the door. After a few months, I got tired of standing there doing nothing, stopping no one and finding ripped off tags everywhere so I left.

  • Adam Price
    Adam Price

    character im most like: Michael Scott character i wish i was most like: Dwight Schrute

  • German Bonivento
    German Bonivento

    mmmm, that's a bit depressive or i'm the only one thinking about it?.

  • Gore Obsessed
    Gore Obsessed

    My jobs nearly worthless I'm security at a plant that makes the metal covers that go on lights in factiries

  • Mr Gunslinger
    Mr Gunslinger

    I think you forgot WHY this exist: to pay my freaking rent FFS I didn't born rich. PS. The creator of this video should work from bottom to up to middle management. You will see really fast that you are factually wrong, I think 10% might be unnecessary. The rest of jobs ARE needed you just don't see the background mechanisms because you take them granted as a low level employee. But here is a heck of a lot of work goes into running a legit company, but you will never understand that things don't just magically happen, somebody actually makes them happen.

  • Nerales

    Bruh you look exactly like my cousin

  • FraNeon 10
    FraNeon 10

    Wow 🤩 Beautiful analysis. I want more of this!

  • Ivan Übermensch
    Ivan Übermensch

    Good video

  • Jonah Stricklin
    Jonah Stricklin

    10:15 "They call it... Quad-Desk"

  • proxyhuman

    Growing up I thought that the jobs with the most prestige were those that you did nothing all day, AKA the most bullshit of bullshit jobs.

  • jubjub501st

    I work for the government and I feel like an outsider. I am still relatively new compared to everyone I work with and all I see is how completely pointless everything we do is. But most people here seem to honestly believe that their job is important and that the stuff we do has some kind of impact even though I have thought it over in my head 100 times that if these doors shut down tomorrow it would change nothing.

  • Raymond Schmidt
    Raymond Schmidt

    I'm watching this at a BS job right now.

  • Albert Mendez
    Albert Mendez

    No GOD PLeAse NO!....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I hate my job cause it's the same thing over and over again. There's nothing different happening on the job.

  • Darius Thurman
    Darius Thurman

    Actually I never cared for the Office until I saw Office Space.

  • first last
    first last

    . You fail to represent the opposite spectrum of this. Jobs where employees are demanded too much. And a similar thread that units the two sides, laboring under pointless regulation that reduces efficiency long term. Like a job that expects sick people to come into work or works employees to the bone to squeeze every bit out of them and not let them go to the bathroom when they need to or give them air conditioning when it's sweltering. But these warehouses aren't the only example of this. It's funny the idea of a business where on one side they have workers that do unproductive tasks and are bored and on the other side of that same business are people who are demanded too much, both in general and for their pay, and both labor under unreasonable rules and bosses who get paid way more than the employees under them yet may do much less. As far as the show, The Office, I watched episodes closely and just couldn't find much to laugh at. On the other hand, Parks and Recreation can be funny.

  • smartmouth4444

    Watched this at work...

  • joe the sheep
    joe the sheep

    best example of a BS-job is the job that one guy had who just didnt show up to work for 6 years (!) without anyone noticing. The only reason his company eventually realised what hes been doing was when he should have gotten an award for being 10 years in the company. XD (that actually happened)

  • JGfrm BrooKLynnn
    JGfrm BrooKLynnn

    right after we finished 7 days of the most monotonous, tedious, patronizing, soul crushing and completely unproductive training the last day we were told "MOST important is to always look busy". this was a call center mind you. a government call center at that. in my head I'm in an another universe. finally when it needed to come to an end I told my boss let's be honest here, i'm not needed (that applied to everyone else in the entire building). there is a breathe of fresh air in government work, every employee knows its complete nonsense and if they died in their chair no one would notice until it started to smell. when you work for the second biggest pharmaceutical company in the world people tend to think their bull shit jobs are much more important. at Pfizer everyone thought that everyday they were single most important asset to this gigantic conglomerate(example every email and request marked extra imperative need by today). in my head I thought this entire floor and everything we do could disappear. like the button did not exist in the elevator tomorrow morning and we all just turned around. no one would care. I find the private sector even when being paid shit tend to think they are one of the top 3 most important assets this multi billion dollar company has. they take themselves so seriously I could not help to laugh at their poor, oblivious, inflated view of their intelligence. I mean these people were all very dumb.

  • David Hold
    David Hold

    BS? you should come to my country.

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