Having Fake Fun at Work

"These days many companies are obsessed with fun." The Economist laments employers who spread the idea of having fun at work like a disgusting disease.

"This cult of fun is driven by three of the most popular management fads of the moment: empowerment, engagement and creativity. Many companies pride themselves on devolving power to front-line workers. But surveys show that only 20% of workers are 'fully engaged with their job'. Even fewer are creative. Managers hope that 'fun' will magically make workers more engaged and creative. But the problem is that as soon as fun becomes part of a corporate strategy it ceases to be fun and becomes its opposite—at best an empty shell and at worst a tiresome imposition."

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