How to Get People to Work Harder - The Office US

The Office
18 Feb 201604:07

Summary

TLDRThe transcript appears to be from a humorous workplace setting where a character named Andrew introduces a new incentive program based on a point system. The program rewards employees with points for good performance, which can be redeemed for various prizes. The prizes range from a polar bear toy to more personal items like a maternity shirt. The dialogue takes a playful turn as Andrew offers increasingly outrageous rewards for higher point thresholds, including wearing a dress to work and running through the parking lot with a doughnut in a humorous situation. The script also includes a brief moment of tension with a character named Stanley taking a nap, and a mention of a pyramid scheme. The summary ends with a character named Jim Halpert offering to send more information about the incentive program, indicating that it's a light-hearted and comical take on corporate motivation tactics.

Takeaways

  • 📈 The company experienced a 4% growth last quarter, and the expectation is to double that growth.
  • 🎉 A reward system is introduced where employees earn points for performing better at their jobs.
  • 📧 The parameters for earning points are outlined in an email, which employees should check, including their spam folders.
  • 🐻 Points can be redeemed for various prizes, including a polar bear (15 points) and a John Irving collection (22 points).
  • 👚 There's a maternity shirt available for 55 points, and a tablecloth for 16 points.
  • 🤑 The incentive to earn more points is high, with a thousand points offering a humorous and extreme reward.
  • 👗 At 500 points, a manager is willing to wear a dress to work.
  • 🔞 A controversial and inappropriate reward (a vibrator) is mentioned, causing discomfort.
  • 🤝 Points can be pooled together to reach higher reward tiers.
  • 📝 An employee requests a point receipt, indicating a level of seriousness and a desire for transparency in the system.
  • 📉 There's a shift in mood and focus, as an employee is caught napping during work hours.
  • 📈 The concept of 'unleashing the power of the pyramid' is mentioned, possibly referring to a team effort or a hierarchical structure for success.

Q & A

  • What was the growth percentage in the last quarter mentioned in the transcript?

    -The last quarter saw a 4% growth.

  • What is the proposed incentive system for the workplace?

    -The incentive system involves earning points for doing one's job better, which can then be redeemed for various prizes.

  • What is the reward for collecting 15 points?

    -The reward for collecting 15 points is a polar bear.

  • What is the prize for 22 points in the incentive system?

    -The prize for 22 points is the collected works of John Irving.

  • What is the most outrageous reward offered in the script?

    -The most outrageous reward is running naked through the parking lot with a doughnut on one's private part for 1,000 points.

  • What does Andrew promise for 5000 points?

    -For 5000 points, Andrew promises to let someone tattoo whatever they want on the stern of the oldest Bedard.

  • What is the reaction of the employees to the point system?

    -The employees find the point system insulting and are not satisfied with it.

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  • What does Stanley do during his naptime?

    -Stanley balances the phone on his shoulder and takes a nap.

  • What does the term 'unleash the power of the pyramid' refer to in the context of the script?

    -The term is likely a metaphor for maximizing productivity or potential in the workplace, though the exact meaning is not explicitly defined in the script.

  • What is the prize for 120 points?

    -The script does not specify the prize for 120 points, but it is implied that there is a prize available at that point value.

  • What is the humorous offer made by Jim Halpert?

    -Jim Halpert humorously offers his car for a thousand points or the best offer.

  • Who is credited with the idea of the incentive program?

    -Phyllis is credited with the idea of the incentive program.

Outlines

00:00

😀 Introduction to the Reward System

Andrew, the speaker, introduces a new reward system in the workplace. The system is based on earning points for doing a better job, which can then be redeemed for various prizes. The prizes range from humorous and inappropriate items like a vibrator to more practical ones like a polar bear or a maternity shirt. The speaker also jokingly offers personal rewards for reaching higher point thresholds, such as wearing a dress to work or running naked through the parking lot with a doughnut.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Incentive Program

An incentive program is a system designed to motivate employees by offering rewards or recognition for achieving specific goals or tasks. In the video, the incentive program is central to the theme as it is introduced to motivate the staff, with points being awarded for better job performance, which can then be redeemed for prizes.

💡Growth

Growth in a business context refers to an increase in key performance indicators such as revenue, profits, or market share. The script mentions a 4% growth in the last quarter, indicating the company's performance and setting a precedent for the incentive program's introduction.

💡Points System

A points system is a method of tracking and rewarding individuals based on their contributions or achievements, often used in loyalty or incentive programs. In the video, the points system is the mechanism through which employees can earn and redeem points for various prizes, symbolizing their effort and performance.

💡Redemption

Redemption in this context means the act of exchanging accumulated points for a reward or prize. It is a key part of the incentive program, as employees are motivated to earn points with the goal of redeeming them for items or experiences they desire.

💡Job Performance

Job performance refers to how well an individual does their job, including the quality and quantity of their work. The script emphasizes that doing one's job better leads to more points, which is directly related to the incentive program's aim to improve productivity and performance.

💡Prizes

Prizes are the rewards given to the participants of the incentive program. They serve as tangible motivation for employees to participate and excel. In the script, various prizes are mentioned, ranging from a polar bear to a car, indicating the variety and appeal of the rewards.

💡Insulting

To be insulting means to offend someone by a remark or action that is disrespectful or scornfully critical. In the video, a character finds the point system insulting, suggesting that the prizes or the system itself may not be perceived as valuable or respectful by all employees.

💡Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the act of pardoning someone for their wrongdoings or mistakes. In the script, a character apologizes for potentially offending others with the incentive program and seeks forgiveness, highlighting the importance of maintaining a positive work environment.

💡Pyramid

While not explicitly defined in the script, the 'power of the pyramid' likely refers to a strategy or concept related to the incentive program's structure or the way it is intended to motivate employees. It could be a metaphor for a hierarchical system where rewards increase with greater achievements.

💡Nap Time

Nap time in the script is used humorously to describe a period when a character is resting or not working. It serves as a moment of levity and also highlights the importance of work-life balance and relaxation in the workplace.

💡Tattoo

A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes, and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to create a permanent mark. In the video, a character offers a very high-value prize of allowing someone to tattoo a design on them, which adds a humorous and extreme element to the incentive program.

Highlights

Andrew was chosen for a reason, implying he has a role to play in the company's success.

The company experienced 4% growth last quarter, a positive indicator of performance.

A challenge to double the growth is issued, showing ambition and confidence in the team.

Humorous approach to motivation, with Andrew joking about already achieving the growth target.

Introduction of a reward system based on points, which employees can redeem for prizes.

Prizes range from humorous (a vibrator) to practical (a John Irving collection), indicating variety in the reward system.

The point system is tied to job performance, where better work earns more points.

Andrew apologizes if the point system is insulting, showing an awareness of employee sentiment.

The possibility of pooling points together is mentioned, allowing for higher-value rewards.

Andrew offers personal challenges for high point thresholds, such as wearing a dress or running with a doughnut.

The team is motivated by the prospect of earning points and redeeming them for significant rewards.

Phyllis Bracken is mentioned, possibly as a key figure or participant in the incentive program.

A shift in mood is noted, with a reference to Stanley's napping habits during work hours.

The concept of 'unleashing the power of the pyramid' is mentioned, suggesting a strategic approach to motivation.

Jim Halpert's involvement is highlighted, indicating a leadership or coordinating role in the incentive program.

The incentive program is linked to an email with detailed parameters, showing a structured approach.

The mention of a car as a prize for a thousand points or best offer, indicating high-value rewards are available.

Phyllis's idea is referenced, suggesting employee input and participation in shaping the incentive program.

Transcripts

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Andrew I chose you for a reason

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believe these people show me the best

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numbers this place has ever seen last

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quarter we saw 4% growth

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double it you got it double done I'm not

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kidding neither am i it's already done

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huh I'm just kidding it's gonna take

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some time

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double seems like a basic reward system

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where you give us points and then we

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redeem those points for prizes you're

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exactly right and you get a point

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oh uh is that a vibrator 20 points how

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does one get a point I've outlined the

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exact parameters in an email so check

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your spam folders but basically you do

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your job better you get points so

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collect 15 points and redeem them for

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this polar bear why isn't a little kid

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stuff in a vibrator it's so gross

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there's lots of stuff John Irving

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collected works 22 points or you can

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pool your points and redeem 55 for this

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maternity shirt mm-hmm

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how about you want us to work harder

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pays more I can't this point system is

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really insulting ooh well I didn't mean

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to offend you and I hope you'll forgive

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me because I am very very sorry 16

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points

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it's a tablecloth what if we went all

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the way up to 500 points yeah it's a

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crazy amount of points but what if what

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do you want Oh No for such a crazy

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number I'd like something pretty crazy

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all right for 500 points I will wear a

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dress to work that's pretty good

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what about for a thousand points I'll

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run naked through the parking lot with a

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doughnut on my ding-dong yeah you like

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that all right for 5000 points I will

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let you tattoo whatever you want on the

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stern of the oldest s Bedard all right

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all right and you are totally serious

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swear to God hope to die now let's get

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to work wait but you did say we could

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pool our points right in that case let's

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get to work yeah

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I can have it to you by the beginning

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next week alright thank you very much uh

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Phyllis Bracken Otto ask for Donald

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Clarence bananas ok backbone right

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Andrew one one second file notice a

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little bit of a mood shift around here

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no I'm no se me really because I sat

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next to Stanley for years and this is

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naptime the process open I nap time he

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balances the phone on the shoulder just

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power down now look at him you got to

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unleash the power of the pyramid

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oh it's timing I can send you some fun

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mail for me I think it has something to

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do with that incentive program Oh 100%

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we all want to see you dead to your ass

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uh I think beautiful water I was kidding

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when they said that no you definitely

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weren't kidding and I came across loud

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and clear oh by the way I want to find

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this in 120 points yeah big sale don't

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worry about the line I'm gonna care

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about points I would like a point

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receipt though hey yes this is Jim

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Halpert calling for Donald you hold on

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for one second thank you very much you

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talk to my ID at Kaufman took him one

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day do you not recess it

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okay keep in mind it's not too late to

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choose another prize and there are some

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great new additions my car for a

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thousand points or best offer what else

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you got

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oh and then this was Phyllis's idea

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