What does the movie “Office Space,” backup, your relationship with your significant other, and rabid wolverines have to do with each other? One might quickly conclude that beyond the hallucinogenic effects of mixing large amounts of fast food, Mountain Dew, cough syrup, Windows Active Directory management minutiae, and a severe lack of REM sleep that these topics are relatively unrelated. But it just ain’t so.
The fundamental question for today is whether it is better to ignore backup, your spouse, or a rabid wolverine? Of course, the smart answer depends upon a number of factors. Are the wolverines rabid and angry – or just rabid and mildly irritated? Who would you take in a straight up fight – your “special someone” having a bad hair day or a wolverine who has just found out that he’s the illegitimate son of a large muskrat and is spoiling to prove his wolverine thug bona fides? If you’re in some type of three-way relationship, you have to ask yourself whether your spouse or your illicit wolverine lover is more likely to rip out your spine and serve it along with a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling. (An aside: for all of you wine snobs out there rolling on the floor laughing hilariously at the dry, subtle humor evinced through the bad taste of suggesting a white wine with red meat – well, I salute you.)
These are legitimate questions. But the larger question is – how do you feel about your work? Are you trapped day in and day out at a workplace in which the single most productive thing that you do each day involves the restroom? Do you feel like Peter Gibbons in “Office Space” when he said, “We don’t have a lot of time on this earth. We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms, and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements.”
If you’re ensconced in the “Office Space” scenario, then let your inner Milton Waddams (he’s the “Office Space” guy who burnt down the company at the end of the movie due to an unrequited affair with a stapler) out and ignore backup. It’s the passive aggressive way to burn down your company. You won’t end up on the run in Mexico and maybe your next job will be a veritable nirvana – or at least have a more lenient paid time off policy.