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Office Environment

Outline:

Beginning:

The beginning introduces the author, Christian Jungersen, talks briefly about offices and the people who work there and introduces the thesis.

The Body:

Provides the evidence in terms of relationships that are the same from the book and in my office setting.

Conclusion

It ends by restating the thesis has having been proven right by the evidence given.

Office Environment:

Parallels in the relationships in the office in the Exception and my office.

People who work in offices experience a number of things. The atmosphere is more diverse when one works in an office that is full of people. The people we meet at our places of work may be our former school friends, family members or total strangers who you are meeting for the first time. The diverse nature of human behavior also means that you one is going to meet people with a completely different set of values and mannerisms. Having worked in an office before, I had a keen interest in trying to understand the nature of the relationships that are present among the characters in Christian Jungersen’s exceptional novel entitled The Exception, that I had a chance of reading.

There are a number of parallels in the office where I worked to the office in the “Exception” (a novel by Christian Jungersen).As evidence to this assertion or thesis, I will highlight the relationships that exist between some of the characters in the novel such as Iben, the information officer in the center, Malene, the project manager, Camilla the secretary to the head of the center, Paul, the head of the center and Anne-Lise, the librarian of the center.

The above four women and one man are workers at a genocide information center in Denmark. The four women, Iben, Anne-Lise, Camilla and Malene have a love-hate relationship. This is true especially for three of them with the exception of Anne –Lise,who gets singled out for allegedly being behind the death threat that have been sent to the rest. Iben is actually the first one to receive the death threat (Jungersen 21). This aspect of singling out someone for accusation when something happens to you simply because you do not get along well is something I have witnessed a number of times at my place of work. A case in point is when one employee misplaced his pen and when he needed to use it, he would not find it. He went to two other employees whom he thought were his closes friends and told them how another employee who never used to talk to him had taken his pen to punish him. This is similar to Anne-Lise being accused to being behind the death threats simply because she does not get along with the other women well.

Another parallel that is evident is the superficial relationship that exists between Malene and Iben.Iben is not so happy that Malene seems to be getting all the attention from men. She feels envious but she remains openly close to Malene. In my workplace, such relationships are the order of the day. Someone comes and pretends to be close and you get into a friendly chat but deep within the person is anger, hatred and jealousy. I manage to learn that such relationships exist in the office because some of these people forget and talk to other people who later come and report what they were being told. This reporting is common during fallouts.

Far from the above, my relationship with the boss of the office in which I worked is similar to the relationship between the women and the head of the center, Paul.My office boss never used to reach out so much to the rest of the workers including me and he all he used to do was come to the office, lock himself and do his work, and then do to some recreational sport after office hours. Paul is also aloof and spends little time with the rest of the workers at the center.
In addition to the above, the Exception office setting and relationships has another interesting parallel with the office in which I worked. The office relationship in the Exception is that of the formation of groups. Despite their small number, they are only five in the office, they manage to form groups. It is always a conscious effort but when asked, some people say that the groups just emerge on their own. Look at how Paul is in his own category. Anne –Lise is also in her own class while the remaining three women, (Malene, Iben and Camilla) are in another group. This is so similar to the place where I worked. The employees were in small groups with each group appearing o be moving along and not allowing any other person to get to their space. These groups usually persisted even when the message of open and random interaction had been given to all employees.

Besides the above, in the office where I worked, I used to have a girlfriend who I used to tell much of what was going on in my life. She too used to do this and given that I used to stay alone at that time, I would sometimes feel lonely and I would instinctively give her a call for girl talk. I also did the same when someone smashed my bedroom window using a rock in the middle of the night. This is what she also used to do whenever she had a problem. This is what we see in the relationship between Iben and Malene. When Malene get s the death threat, it is Iben she tries to call. She is her close friend and she feels that she has to tell her. This is a sure parallel.

From the above, it is clear that my workplace had a number of relationships that were similar to the relationships formed by the characters in the office that is the center of activity in the novel the Exception, by the Danish writer, Christian Jungersen.The silent or secret envy from those close, the isolation and victimization of those who do not do things with us, the held back bosses and the supportive girlfriends are all in both the novel and the office in where I worked. It is therefore safe to reiterate the thesis that there are a number of parallels in the office where I worked to the office in the “Exception” (a novel by Christian Jungersen).