Not everyone loves a "fun" workplace

12/17/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Companies that strive to make the workplace "fun" are shooting themselves in the foot, writes Oliver Burkeman. Managers should instead be trying to create an environment in which everyone -- even the "naturally downbeat" -- can thrive. "And if your business card describes you as Head of Fungineering, or Chief Cheerfulness Ninja, or Vice President of Wow, please skip the next company paintballing weekend, and use the time to ask yourself a few tough questions instead," Burkeman writes.

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