Moving up in the workplace is essential in the business field. The great thing about The Office is that even though it is a humorous hit television series, they apply real business concepts and situations within the show. Analyzing through the seasons, we find that certain characters use different strategies in order to proceed in higher rankings within the company of Dunder Mifflin. This article will introduce some ways that a few characters got promoted and moved to higher positions.
The Ryan Howard Technique
Ryan Howard started off hired as just a temp (temporary employee). Although it was not expected for Ryan to be a permanent employee, he got a hold of the company’s culture and was able to adapt into his position. When Ryan’s sales continued to increase, he was then hired on as a sales representative. Corporate saw much potential in this young sales rep and continued to observe how his new position increased the company’s sales. Corporate was even so pleased, that they promoted him to join the corporate workforce as vice-president of sales. Unfortunately, Ryan began using different drugs which distracted him from doing his job. He was later demoted back to a sales rep in Scranton. Through the ups and downs, we can learn what and what not to do to achieve higher rankings within a company.
The Robert California Technique
Robert California began his journey as he was interviewed for the Scranton branch manager position in Scranton after Creed Bratton was demoted from that position. As mentioned in other blogs and articles, Robert California had a mind of a genius. He was able to manipulate people with logic in order to get the things that he wanted. When he was hired as branch manager, he incorporated the company’s culture within one day. He then convinced the current CEO Joe Bennett at the time to give him her job and because of those great manipulation skills, he succeeded.
The Darryl Philbin Technique
Darryl Philbin was an interesting character to observe because he began his career at Dunder Mifflin as an ordinary warehouse worker. He was always undermined by Michael Scott and was never given a chance to express his ideas. When Dunder Mifflin was bought out by Sabre, Joe Bennett came to visit and gave the opportunity for everyone in the company to express their ideas. Darryl was able to share and made Joe very pleased with what he came up with. Against Michael’s wishes, Darryl was then promoted and given his own personal office.
We see here that people can start from different positions and different skills but can use what they have in order to succeed within a company. By watching the television series, one could learn multiple was to climb the business food chain and become successful.