Professor Linda Swartz
Legal Office Procedures
April 8, 2014
After viewing the movie Erin Brockovich, I realized this film offered more than the enjoyment of entertainment. The film illustrates many examples of a seemingly unprofessional work environment. Some of these examples included lack of proper communication among employees and management, inappropriately casual attire, office clutter, and taking care of personal obligations while at work. However, despite the appearance of unprofessionalism the office was truly effective in the end.
Erin's lack of education and experience in an office setting is not the only objectionable element in her desperate job search. It has been proven being a good communicator requires more than just verbal skills. Our appearance and nonverbal signs are equally important. Her attire is clearly inappropriate for her interviews. When she is finally given an opportunity at Ed Masry's law firm, it is evident Erin isn't the only one who lacks proper communication skills.
The staff was unfriendly, unsupportive, and it was obvious Erin was never given a clear description of her duties. When Erin showed interest in doing further research on a file she asked Mr. Masry for his permission, but failed to tell him exactly what she was doing on a daily basis. Mr. Masry didn't do a good job of communicating with her either. He didn't bother to ask her what she was working on and had no idea where she was for several days. In another scene Mr. Masry attempts to enter his office but is unable to because a box of files is left right at the entrance. His secretary's response to why she left it there was also proof of the poor communication between Mr. Masry and his staff. Overall, the office's clutter was in need of urgent...