Perceived Laziness

There is this great joke in an early season of The (American) Office. Michael if giving an interview about Jim Halpert, wondering aloud if Jim is really right for a manager’s job at their company since “it takes him (Jim) 30 minutes to do a project that would take me all afternoon.”

I love workplace humor in general, but this gets me every single time. The perception of laziness, the inability to understand efficiency, the underlying jealousy…it’s so brilliant and silly.

“Michael Scott: Jim Halpert. Pros: Smart, cool, good-looking. Remind you of anybody you know? Cons: Not a hard worker. I can spend all day on a project, and he will finish the same project in half an hour. So that should tell you something.” (From Beach Games, Episode 3.22)

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