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Have You Had to Role-Play at Work?

Role-playing is The Office's way of demonstrating that practice makes perfect, and Dwight and Jim's performance was comedic perfection. Jim played the client named Mr. Buttlicker while Dwight played the paper salesperson, and each role-player had his own pretend phone. Michael, of course, moderated the whole thing terribly.

My first experience with role-playing at work was during college when I was waitressing — I didn't like it then, and I still despise it. Have you had to role-play at work?

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rezgurl rezgurl 8 years
I intensely dislike role playing games!!! Situations that they have you play to would never really happen.. at least in my little confused corner of the world!! lol
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Ugh, role playing is something that no one takes seriously. It's such an ineffective way to train.
booglass booglass 8 years
Dwight is too easy of a mark sometimes. I LOVED this scene.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have had to role-play but only during training sessions that our HR department facilitates. it's an interesting tactic that they have us do but i'm not sure that i really get as much out of doing it as i should.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
And I've never seen this show but so many people seem to love it. I think I might go out and buy the box set starting at season one, so I can see what all the laughs are about.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I did it a lot at the academy while learning, and only just a few times after going to work. I don’t do the same work now but I still have done the role playing at my previous job. It helps to act out other people’s characters and your own. Sometimes you can see where you’re going wrong or maybe what other type person you need to add to the scene. Doing it in the academy wasn’t fun, but doing it now at a different work environment is sort of fun while being educated in the process. We all get good laughs at ourselves and others :)
teperry3 teperry3 8 years
Only once in a meeting when we were changing the phone greeting and how to handle calls to a new department.. It was silly to listen to and watch then and has not happened since. It's silly how people tense up when they have to role play in front of the people that they work with and feel comfertable talking to on a daily basis.. or the ones who completly ignore it all together
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I've never had to, but based on my work environment I bet it would be hilarious!
OhFish OhFish 8 years
That part was hilarious! I've had to do roll playing in retail and food service. It really is awful.
gemini7827 gemini7827 8 years
OMG! this part of the episode was so funny i had to rewind and watch again many times. LOVED IT :)
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