PSYC 6245 PSYC 8247 CPSY 6245
Week 6: The Virtual Office
(Interior of the office. Carter and Teresa are talking near the coffee pot.)
CARTER: So how's the job treating you now that you have three months under your belt?
TERESA: I really like it. The hours have been great so far, and working with cardboard has been
really fascinating and informative.
CARTER: I know, right? Sometimes it feels too good to be true.
(Jeannette walks toward Carter and Teresa.)
JEANETTE: Morning guys, how's it going?
CARTER: Can't complain, really.
TERESA: Just another Monday.
JEANETTE: Well, here's a bit of news to perk you up. The big boss has asked you, Teresa, to
join Carter here, Brian, and myself on our client's specialty subcommittee.
TERESA: Wow, really? What does that even entail?
JEANETTE: Well the three of us have been on this group for a little over a year now. And we
basically just brainstorm new client strategies to bring in new ones, and retain our good ones. But
of course when I say, "we," I mean Carter and me.
CARTER: Yeah, have you had much interaction with Brian?
TERESA: Only in passing really. We haven't done any projects together.
JEANETTE: Well you'll see soon enough, that even when you are on a project with him it still
feels like “in passing. “
CARTER: He's what you might call "unmotivated," never comes up with ideas, never volunteers
to take charge. He's basically dead weight
TERESA: Well I guess now that you mention it, I have walked passed his desk fairly often and
seen him looking at a lot of non work-related websites.
JEANETTE: Exactly. That's all he ever does. And yet, somehow, he's a notch above us on the
totem pole. I've been here for five years and I could really do a lot from his position. It's just not
CARTER: That's true. He's really become dead weight lately. I hear he isn't helping his group at
all in the packaging presentation to the board either. It's embarrassing. I mean, I know the three
of us are constantly embracing the clearly stated company work culture that promotes focused
and hard work, where as he's only promoting slacking. Frankly, I think it's infuriating.
JEANETTE: That is so not fair. Maybe the three of us should all go into the boss's office and
say, "Listen, we don't think Brian is pulling his weight anymore. Maybe it's time for change,"
and then we can just list off everything we've noticed.
TERESA: I don't know if it'd be right for me. I'm still pretty new, and haven't really had much
interaction with him.
JEANETTE: Oh no, it's fine. You've seen enough, and it'll definitely sound better coming from
all three of us, right?
CARTER: I think so too. It's been a long time coming. Should I set up a meeting with the boss
this afternoon? Teresa, are you free around four?
TERESA: Umm, yeah, sure. I can definitely be there.
JEANETTE: Perfect. This is going to be such a relief.
(Brian walks into the break room.)
BRIAN: Morning guys.
JEANETTE, CARTER, and TERESA: Morning Brian.
(Carter, Teresa, and Jeanette turn and walk out of the break room.)
(Onscreen Text: Multiple conditions can lead to conformity. Post a brief description of two
conditions in the virtual office which led to conformity to occur and why)
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