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Recently, we had an announcement at a department meeting that made me want to pull my hair out (what little I have left) and then find the silly people who made the suggestion that prompted the announcement.

The announcement? We don't have enough "fun at work" in IT.

I groaned immediately, because I know what that usually means.

See, morale in our department here is pretty low. Crazy hours and lots of changing priorities will do that to an IT organization. Some of the people in our department (who have, I admit, their hearts in the right place) said they thought that perhaps we should have "fun" to improve the situation. I was thinking, oh, I don't know...time off to make up for the time we choose to spend here to support the company might be a better choice, but hey, can't do that....I guess.

Unfortunately, "fun" to the deckplate employee and "fun" to the executive mean completely different things.

Employee Version: The whole shop shuts down on Friday at noon and the department goes to a movie. It sucks up your lunch, yes, but the company kicks in some time for the rest. Popcorn and soda are not provided, nor is admission. The company just gives us the time. Heck, rent a projector and show "Batman Begins" over the lunch hour and provide popcorn. Simple.

Executive Version: We have the "IT Olmypics". Yes, folks....we will be doing egg races, balloon toss, etc, this Friday from 2-4. It is, of course, mandatory for all employees. We have been instructed to bring a towel and a change of clothes. I am thinking, no, not really something for me. It has been stressed that all employees who show up for work WILL participate. Least I can wear my ugly crocs for the day.

My only comfort is that perhaps some people will learn to be careful what they ask for in a corporate environment, and that perhaps "fun" <> "silly". Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: We're going to have fun, dammit, even if it makes you mad!

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Have you considered putting this post on http://theDailyWTF.com ????

Of course an egg toss with your boss could be fun....especially if you have a good arm, and are willing to look for another job. <grin>
Left by TheCPUWizard on Apr 28, 2008 2:32 PM

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I'm thinking the overhand egg toss could be fun.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Apr 28, 2008 6:13 PM

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Bring your own eggs... you know the ones that have been at the back of the fridge for the last 6 months.
Left by Zman on Apr 28, 2008 6:50 PM

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(groans loudly) So you'll be sweaty for our movie on Friday. EXCELLENT..I'll be hacking my brains out and you'll be sweaty...we should sit next to some "folks" we know will make a lot of noise during the movie...we could be one huge row of obnoxious!

*winks*
Left by MES on Apr 30, 2008 1:04 PM

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You guys are going to see Iron Man, aren't you? Oh you all suck!!
Left by Blogus Maximus on May 01, 2008 11:29 AM

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