Cubicle life – Dawn of occupational burnout.

Office Space – Did that ring any bell?

For those who are a part of the office space fan club will relate to this instantly.

Bill Lumbergh: Hello, Peter. What’s happening? Uh…we have sort of a problem here. Yeah.You apparently didn’t put one of the new coversheets on your TPS reports.

Peter Gibbons: Oh, yeah. I’m sorry about that. I, I forgot.

Bill Lumbergh: Mmmm…yeah. You see, we’re putting the coversheets on all TPS reports now before they go out. Did you see the memo about this?

Peter Gibbons: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I have the memo right here. I just uh…forgot. But, uh, it’s not shipping out till tomorrow, so there’s no problem.

Bill Lumbergh: Yeah. If you could just go ahead and make sure you do that from now on, that will be great. And uh, I’ll go ahead and make sure you get another copy of that memo. Mmmkay? Bye bye, Peter.

Peter Gibbons: No, I…I have the memo. I’ve got it. It’s right…

 [Lumbergh isn’t listening and walks away from Peter’s cubicle]


Samir: No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It’s…it’s not that hard. Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.

Michael Bolton:Yeah, well, at least your name isn’t Michael Bolton.

 Samir: You know, there’s nothing wrong with that name.

 Michael Bolton:There was nothing wrong with it, until I was about twelve years old and that no-talent ass clown became famous and started winning Grammys.

Samir:Hmm…well, why don’t you just uh…go by Mike instead of Michael?

 Michael Bolton:No way! Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.

It’s a 1999 comedy for those who get up in the morning and rush to work, sit in the confines of a cubicle for 9 hours and do it all over again the next day. Life in the office couldn’t be depicted more accurately than in this terrific satire. The characters, story and dialogue are very sharp and wickedly humorous. If you hate your job and want to feel a little better about it then this movie is for you.


For those who haven’t seen it, here is a short glimpse of the movie!



I have seen the movie more than the number of fingers in my hand. What I think the bigger picture is occupational burn out. Now that was a mouthful isn’t it. Like I have been working for 10 years without a break and going strong (at least till now).

So what is occupational burnout? My ex-boss always said, “Shweta, the day you get up in the morning and don’t feel like going to work, it’s time to give up.” I once very proudly passed this gyan to my brother and he said, “I feel it every day.” I shut after that.

Occupational or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feeling ‘drained’, and also may have the dimension of frustration and/or negative emotions and cynical behaviour, and as a result reduced professional efficacy within the workplace.

Why not take a short test to see if we suffer from a job burnout?  


Now if you landed in 15-18, am sure you are enjoying your life. Anything above this is my Gurumantra
Get some METIME: When I say metime, it does not include family and friends. It’s your personal time where you can enjoy what YOU like doing. It could be reading, walking, music or just sitting and meditating.
Take a holiday: May be you have not taken a break, pack you bag take sometime off. Go away from the normal work life and come back refreshed.
Meet Friends: No put that phone down, I didn’t mean WhatsApp, I mean real people over coffee.Call them fix sometime.
No THINK TIME: Make it a habit to have some time off where you don’t think especially of work. Just cut off from the buzz, switch your phone off (too much, silent it then). Give your mind some break.
Change: Yes may be you have got in a comfort zone and need something more exciting. Think of change of role in same organisation or elsewhere.
None of the above works….oh “Ab sirf bhagwaan aur dua kaam aa sakti hai” (Only God and prayers can help you).


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