How Much Fun Are You Having At Work?

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Matt Labash has a tome in the latest Weekly Standard about the infantilization of corporate America and the rise of “funsultants,” or people specializing in telling corporate America how to have “fun.”
Of course an example of “funsultancy” at its best is the book “602 Ways to Have Fun at Work” (or “301 Ways to Have Fun at Work” and its sequel, “301 More Ways to Have Fun at Work”). Some examples of workplace fun advocated by people laughing all the way to the bank:
-koosh balls
-office-chair relay races
-marshmallow fights
-funny caption contests
-job interviews conducted in Groucho glasses or pajamas
-wacky Olympics
-memos by Frisbee
-voicemails in cartoon-character voices
-rap songs to convey what's learned at leadership institutes
-"breakathons"
-bunny teeth
-asking job prospects to bring show and tell items
We swear we didn’t embellish upon that list at all. Aside from offending people in thick black-frame glasses with high-pitched lisps and buck teeth, funsultants are duping your superiors into organizing a brutally painful off-site activity as we speak, for a large fee.
Is mandatory “fun” the answer to workplace procrastination woes? It seems like eliminating face-time expectations and letting people leave when they don’t have work would be more fun than anything funsultants could dream up. It’s estimated that people average only three productive days per week and squander about 2-3 hours of every 8 in a working day, excluding breaks. A whopping 70% of internet porn is viewed during office hours (and we’ve heard stories about people getting called into offices for meetings with MDs who unabashedly ignore minimizing some of the goodness on their desktop).
Anyone have any Office (the TV show) worthy “mandatory fun” moments that they’ve experienced recently? Share with the rest of the class or drop a line to tips at dealbreaker dot com.
Are We Having Fun Yet? [The Weekly Standard]

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