When your flair isn’t making the cut

Please tell me you remember Office Space (1999)?

How many of you meet the minimum, but the minimum does not meet the expectation?

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Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: We need to talk about your flair.

Joanna: Really? I… I have fifteen pieces on. I, also…

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: Well, okay. Fifteen is the minimum, okay?

Joanna: Okay.

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: Now, you know it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum. Or… well, like Brian, for example, has thirty seven pieces of flair, okay. And a terrific smile.

Joanna: Okay. So you… you want me to wear more?

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: Look. Joanna.

Joanna: Yeah.

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: People can get a cheeseburger anywhere, okay? They come to Chotchkie’s for the atmosphere and the attitude. Okay? That’s what the flair’s about. It’s about fun.

Joanna: Yeah. Okay. So more then, yeah?

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: Look, we want you to express yourself, okay? Now if you feel that the bare minimum is enough, then okay. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, okay? You do want to express yourself, don’t you?

Joanna: Yeah, yeah.

Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager: Okay. Great. Great. That’s all I ask.

And how many of you are doing more because you’re expected to and not receiving more compensation?

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Bill Lumbergh: Hello Peter, whats happening? Ummm, I’m gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great, mmmk… oh oh! and I almost forgot ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, kay. We ahh lost some people this week and ah, we sorta need to play catch up.

If you exceed the expectations and go beyond what is required, do you stay silent about it or are you vocal about it? In my experience, it’s the less vocal that accomplish more than those who speak loudest. Yet why is it that the loudest receive the recognition? Is the noise meant to cover the lack of doing?

So how much flair is enough flair, and how do you show your flair so that you don’t feel like…Image

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