This Slack Workspace Recreates Episodes of “The Office” in Real-Time

Work from home with the Dunder Mifflin gang

"The Office" is playing out on Slack in real-time.
"The Office" is playing out on Slack in real-time.
MSCHF
By Bonnie Stiernberg / May 13, 2020 12:22 pm

With no word on when offices plan to reopen after the coronavirus quarantine — along with the recent news that some workplaces will allow employees to keep working from home forever — our daily interactions with our coworkers have been limited to Slack indefinitely. But if your colleagues are starting to bore you, you can now explore another famous workplace on the platform: all 201 episodes of The Office are currently playing out in a live Dunder Mifflin Slack.

The account comes from a creative collective known as MSCHF, “a group of 10 offbeat creatives based in a small office in Brooklyn.” They post on the Office Slack during traditional office hours, naturally (weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), in real-time, meaning some episodes take days or even weeks to fully play out. There are different channels within the workspace, including #accounting, #hr, #corporate, #paper and #jokes, as well as #kitten_appreciation, a channel created by Angela whose topic is set as “If you pray enough, you can change yourself into a cat person.”

“Since The Office aired, the nature of work and office culture has changed drastically, a lot of which is centered around the way we use technologies,” Daniel Greenberg, head of strategy at MSCHF, told The Verge. “This is a live experience by real people Mondays through Fridays, nine-to-five.”

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