Given a list of five workplace-themed movies and asked to select their favorite, the 438 poll participants responded as follows:
“Office Space” – 37 percent
“Nine to Five” – 30 percent
“Working Girl” – 20 percent
“Wall Street” – 12 percent
“Clockwatchers” – 1 percent
“Office Space,” is a comedy about company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
“Like ‘Nine to Five,’ ‘Office Space’ was about workers who rebelled against their greedy, soulless employer. It resonates with a lot of disgruntled cubicle dwellers,” said Chris Ceplenski, HR.BLR.com editor. “But considering that ‘Nine to Five’ is almost 20 years older, its popularity suggests that workplaces really haven’t come all that far.”
“Nine to Five,” starring Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda, was remarkably prescient about workplace changes. When the movie was released in 1980, female employees were still called "girls" and had a very low glass ceiling. In the film, Violet (Tomlin) toils for a male boss, Mr. Hart (Coleman), whom she had initially trained, but who was promoted over her.
Hart makes Violet get his coffee. She watches as a worker is fired for asking to go part-time so she can take care of her children. The overworked, underappreciated workers feel they have no one to complain to.
After a series of far-fetched events Violet takes over the office and puts her plan of improvements into practice.
The "Nine to Five" of the movie’s title becomes a thing of the past as flextime becomes the rule. Among other heartwarming reforms, hiring disabled workers and job sharing get instituted. “Nine to Five” and its workplace implications are explored in an article, “'Nine to Five' Turns 25--What's Changed in the Workplace?” that HR.BLR.com is making available at: http://hr.blr.com/display.cfm/id/17214/source/PRS/effort/83
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for HR, compensation, safety, and environmental managers. For more information, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.
BLR: Chris Ceplenski