This Is What We Think of Workplace 'Fun'

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Why you should care

Because you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

There had come a point back in the go-go, pre-dot-bomb silliness that Silicon Valley took itself so seriously it decided it needed to take itself much less seriously. And before anyone knew what had happened, most workplaces were being plundered by pool, Foosball and Ping-Pong tables. A schoolyard slide at one place let people glide to meetings in other parts of the building, and open-office floor plans and brightly colored walls, floors and beanbag chairs infantilized the business of technology so hard and so thoroughly that workers ceased being workers and became fun-time play partners.

Which would be fine if it hadn’t blurred the lines between work and play, labor and life, so completely. Resulting, we’d guess, in our reduced effectiveness in either arena.

But, OZY’s Eugene S. Robinson asks, why light a candle when you can curse the darkness … loudly … and repeatedly?



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