The short story “Orientation” can be interpreted many different ways depending on what aspect a person views the story from. The first paragraph of Daniel Orozcos’ ”Orientation” contains this irrationality, “This is your phone. Never answer your phone. ” (50); this story is about the absurdities of the work place. Orozco placed this statement purposefully in the first paragraph to get the readers’ attention, and to direct it through the absurd work expectations, the absurd work environment, and to allow us to see the wide variety of social absurdities we can find in the work place.
Orozco is trying to show the absurdities put on senseless expectations at work. Such emphasis is given to the most pointless details at work for so many people. We are shown a few examples as when the narrator states,”You must pace your work according to the eight hour work day. If you have twelve hours of work you must compress that work into the eight hour day. If you have one hour of work in you must expand that work to fill the eight hour day. ” (51).
The work is not the focus here when told to work like this, the time clock has become the focus, which is far removed from the reason we are paid and yet it remains the focus of some employment establishments. Micro managing the work place to death is shown with the multi-step, required, chain of supervisors that you must go through in order to place an emergency call. The senseless notion of control over every detail, as some businesses like to have, chokes and slows the needs of people in the work place.
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The writer is showing the reader an example of these types of situations with the narrators comment,” If you must make an emergency phone call ask your supervisor first. If you can’t find your supervisor ask Phillip Spears who sits over there. He will check with Clarrisa Nicks, who sits over there. If you make an emergency phone call without asking you may be let go. ”(50) Orozco continues showing us examples of absurd work expectations throughout his short story.
We are shown an extreme case of absurdity when having to put up with an above average worker for the business, when it could easily cost those around that person so much. Places we work for expect us to put up with people unnecessarily as shown with Kevin Howard. The new employee is informed that Kevin is, “our fastest typist”, “he is a serial killer. ”, and “In any case, when Kevin Howard gets caught, act surprised. Say that he seemed like a nice person. ”(51).
Those are strong examples of some of the absurd work expectations that people may encounter.
Work environments all contain flaws, and this short story shows us a few examples. Absurd work environments mixed with misplaced focus is conveyed thorough the narrators explanation of the workplace that is being shown. For example the narrator doesn’t so much as inform you of the staffs’ roles as much as the character faults of the other employees. You should know what your coworkers do at your place of work, not their personal and emotionally painful secrets. Then another example of misplaced focus is shown when, “These are precautions only.
” These things never happen.”(52) is spoken in regards to the emergency evacuation drills. We are shown a tid bit about the safety of the work place and so much more about the break room in this short story. This is a superb example of misplaced focus in the work place. I, myself, cannot remember ever being given more details of the emergency information, when compared to the breaks, fun, and benefits of my new job that I was showed. This short story really shines some light on these problems. There are even some examples that are to the point to support the idea of misplaced- focus in jobs.
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Such as when the narrator occasionally tells or shows the new hire where something is, and then recommends you do not touch it, or not to remember the subject of the conversation. Such an example is given in this supplies closet statement,” And here are the spare blades for the shredder. Do not touch the shredder, which is located over there. The shredder is of no concern to you. ”(53).
The narrator gives so much diligence in informing you of what is not your concern as well as notifying you not to meddle in those concerns.
The author shows the reader the conundrums in the work place efficiency as well. Like the absurd work place hoops we jump through to get things done by avoiding situations in the work environment. These are shown in several ways, one such as when you are told,” Stay away from Colin Harvey. Never give him any of your work to him. If he ask to do something, tell him you have to check with me. If he ask again, tell him I haven’t gotten back to you. ” (52).
This idea is based on a superstition that Colin is cursed. So far removed is this behavior from professionalism that it is absurd.
There are work environments where people do odd things to go avoid co-worker confrontations in order to get work done. What a laughable set of examples we have been shown in regards to work environments. Every person may be viewed as having some sort of quirkiness to them. Most times these social absurdities are played low as to make a more comfortable environment for the person viewing the eccentricity. An example of this ignorance is when John LaFountaine, the man who uses the womens’ restroom for a thrill, and he is allowed to continue in doing so.
“We know better, but we let it pass. ”(51) is all that is thought of it as if not to intervene, and followed by a lame excuse about a dull life is reasoning for Johns’ fun. This is an example of the social absurdities people allow to go flourishing in society. Also shown by this story is our social dogmas of, “each to our own”, that ignores seeking or needing attention when alone and distraught. This is represented by Gwendolyn Stitch in this stories stock pile of people; a person in need, just as with everyone in their heavily challenged social lives.
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Stitch, the offices unelected support, the shoulder to cry on, and the go to person in the office is semi secretly troubled. Semi secretly as stated only because she hides in plain sight and is not helped when she is noticeably in need. People have walked upon her in the stairwell drinking diet Pepsi and crying. The pervert John who hides in the female rest rooms heard her throwing up in the toilets. No help for her has been mentioned, only that she does not let it get in the way of her work as she may be fired for doing so. These are all social tragedies we are being shone in this new higher orientation.
Absurd in the way they go about as being known, and left to their own demise in some cases so long as it does not interfere with work productivity. We have been shown on many levels, and through a few characters the absurdities that flourish in work place atmosphere. From the absurd work expectations, the absurd work environment, and social absurdities, “Orientation” has covered many these laughable work quarks and somewhat dangerous situations that we may find in our places of business and has shined a light from an outside perspective to enlighten us.