Have you ever stopped to think about just how much of our lives revolve around work? Of course you have! For most of us, career comes right to the top of our priorities, not just in daily life but our life overall.
Lots of us start dreaming of our careers early on in life. Oftentimes, these dreams, these ambitions that we valorize so much -and hold close to our hearts- become more than just jobs. Especially in childrens’ plans, we can see that positions and ‘day jobs’ such as firemen, doctors, ballerinas, astronauts and presidents take on a whole new meaning: they become who we are. Sometimes, our jobs become a big part of us. And it’s safe to say that many times, what we work on, how we work, and, certainly, even where we work is a big part of our life.
However, pop culture and the media can tend to portray office space as dull and removed from the exciting inner lives of those who make them work. Here at Genet Group, we think such portrayals are misleading, as life in the office has the potential to be full of camarederie, productivity, innovation and, yes, even excitement- in virtually any career field, too! And that’s why we love television that focuses on the work lives of brilliant characters- shows that understand office employees as people truly living in their space.
The first show that comes to mind might very well be Mad Men, a hugely popular historical or “period” drama television show that ran for an astoundingly impressive seven seasons. Mad Men is a wonderfully thorough look into the world of the 1950s and the American businessmen who lead incredible lives during these years, following the paths of advertising industry men in an incredible New York office. This office might in fact be the star of the show: the crowded lunchrooms and bathrooms where secretaried rush to share gossip or powder their noses, the rows of work desks and personal assistants making call after call, the elusive private office at every corner, showcasing breathtaking views and reflecting power on all their own.
In Mad Men, the office is truly a place for life, where work, play, and even scandal intermingle. For us here at Genet Group, this is the best and most glamorous take on the office that we’ve found on the screen. Though real life is never quite what we see on television, at least one show truly understands how we like to think of our -and your- workspaces: as places made for thriving and for living, boundless with opportunity.