A salesperson for a paper company chooses to create an emergency plan for his colleagues himself, then sets the office on fire by tossing a cigarette into a trash can and swaying, “today smoking will save lives.” All to test their knowledge of his emergency plan, a fiasco that results in a worker falling through a drop ceiling, a cat throwing and a heart attack.
This person would apparently be a good risk manager.
So said participants at Riskworld, the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.’s annual conference held in Atlanta last week, who had the chance to vote on which fictional character would be the best risk manager: Dwight Schrute from “The Office,”; Velma from ” Scooby Doo” or Spock from “Star Trek”.
The laugh-out-loud choice, created by LineSlip, an insurance software company with a booth at Riskworld, resulted in Schrute adding another title to his resume: gardener, volunteer sheriff’s deputy and now, possibly, risk manager.
“Popular opinion has spoken,” LineSlip wrote in an announcement on Monday.
It was a close race: Mr. Schrute received 39% of the vote; Velma received 37% and Spock collected 23% of the vote, according to a LineSlip spokeswoman, who said the activity generated 105 official votes and created some buzz on the show floor: “We were pleased to hear a lot of debate and discussion on the topic during our was there. People had a lot to say and everyone was super confident in their answers.”