On the importance of Flair

by cv harquail on May 6, 2009

The origin of “flair”?

Every Organizational Behavior scholar’s favorite cult flick: Office Space.


200905051128.jpg JOANNA Wow. This place is really nice.

PETER Yeah, is it?

JOANNA  Oh my God, compared to Chotchkie’s. I like the uniforms better anyways.

PETER I like yours.

JOANNA Nah. (makes a face)

Peter looks at the buttons JOANNA is wearing on her suspenders . One says “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” The one underneath says “POOF”.

PETER “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

JOANNA  Yeah. Really. (laughs)

PETER  It’s on your – (points at buttons)

JOANNA  Oh! That’s, uh, that’s uh, my pieces of flair.

PETER  What are pieces of flair?

JOANNA  That’s where you know, suspenders and buttons and all sorts of stuff.
We’re, uh, we’re actually required to wear fifteen pieces of flair.
quite stupid actually.

PETER  Do you get to pick them out yourself?

JOANNA    Yeah. Yeah. Although I didn’t actually choose these. I, uh, I just
grabbed fifteen buttons and, uh, I don’t even know what they say!
Y’know, I don’t really care. I don’t really like talking about my


On another day, we’ll consider why 15 pieces of flair matter more than just one.

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