Coerced Fun

September 10, 2007

This is funny because it’s true. Read the whole thing (it’s a bit long) for a surreal look at the current dismal rage in corporate life. via

If you’re a loyal employee like me, you occasionally check your company’s Vision Statement to make sure all the T‘s in “empowerment” have been crossed, and the I‘s in “mission” have been dotted. But if you come across buzzwords like “excellence” and “leadership,” you should know that your corporate culture is sadly behind the curve–those terms are as ’90s as Reebok Pumps, Zima, and Total Quality Management. There’s a new core value on the loose, and it goes by the name of “Fun.”

Maybe you assumed the fun stopped when the tech bubble burst. Or at least you hoped it did. After all, who could stand to read yet another profile of the ubiquitous IPO-enriched dot-commissar, who’d get the toe of his footie-pajamas (which he wore in his nonhierarchical workspace) caught in the brake of his indoor Razor scooter, causing him to bump into the Pachinko-machine/copier, making him spill his Tazoberry Crème Frappuccino all over the conference-room foosball table? Ahhhh, the boyish hijinks of it all. With the benefit of hindsight, we can all now agree that the real fun was watching dot-com execs ride their Segways to the unemployment line.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

It’s stuff like this that only make me sort of chuckle at things like Dilbert and The Office. Much of it hits a little too close to home.


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