The real cost of Michael’s mayhem

A new blog by Julie Elgar has launched called ‘That’s What She Said’:

Outing a gay employee, forcing a female employee to act out a lesbian love scene as part of sexual harassment training, and mass emailing romantic pictures to the entire company — such are the antics of Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper company that serves as the setting for NBC’s hit show, The Office.

Named after Michael’s trademark punch line, That’s What She Said puts a price tag on each episode, estimating how much the politically incorrect behavior of Michael Scott and Dunder Mifflin would cost real-life companies to defend.

A fascinating and funny read!

Link: That’s What She Said


  1. “As for Toby, I’m just glad that his conscience kicked in at the last minute. Either that or he lost his courage. Either way, it was probably a good thing that the director of human resources did not proposition the receptionist.”

    Toby wasn’t going to “proposition” her.

  2. Proposition? Is that HR speak for asking out? Toby is so beaten down by Michael and Dwight. He needs a date, poor guy.

  3. “Truthfully, I’ve never had a case where a manager has locked employees in a conference room. But when I sent a firm wide e-mail around to see if anyone else had, amazingly, there were attorneys who have handled similar claims.”

  4. It’s not that she’s taking herself seriously; it’s just a serious look at what type of damage Michael could do if he really existed in Corporate America. As an HR professional myself, I’ve often wondered what kinds of $$s Michael’s antics would translate into.

  5. I did some quick math on a calculator, and all the figures she’s mentioned add up to roughly 3.5 million dollars, this being a conservative estimation, of course. I’m thinking the Scranton branch would have to sell an entire rainforests’ worth of paper to offset the legal fees.

    I like the blog. Kind of keep in persepective that no matter how real it can feel, the show is in fact a TV show.

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