Orientation to me was a humorous story. The reason it was so funny to me is that it portrayed the utmost respect for protocol. Protocol is something that should be followed at all times and is the rules for any succesful buisness. Orientation shows the full extreme of what protocol is and how important it is. If one thing is done wrongly, there is enough ground to have that person let go. It seems that you have to fill out a form just to do everything. To act in an emergency, needs to be approved by a superior.
The workers actions are not soleley controlled in respect towards the job. Their actions are also closesly watched when they are interracting with coworkers. There are certain people they should not talk to and certain people the can talk to. Furthermore the way people interact with eachother and the chain of people who like eachother seems to be controlled as well. The chances of everyone being obsessed with someone else is astronomical, it almost seems too bad to be true.
Given all the humor, i found myself pondering a few things while reading the short story. I was wondering whether the person giving the orientation was somehow different than the others? he seems do exclude himself from the orientation. Furthermore, i was wondering what type of person was applying for the job and whether he would feel comfortable in the job setting, would he even accept the regulations? Lastly, relating to the topic of the course of happiness; other than the people who are explicitly unhappy, is anyone in the office actually happy?