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2022-05-24 6:51:35 PM  
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2022-05-24 8:10:11 PM  
Lots of people pray at work. Not sure it works for every... What? Oh. Playing. Got it.

Get back to work you lazy ass slacker.
 
2022-05-24 8:23:50 PM  
*Zzzzip*
 
2022-05-24 10:11:20 PM  
 
2022-05-24 10:16:54 PM  
I play at work a fair amount, in the kitchen you get to play with food, or towards the end of the night there are drinking games.
 
2022-05-24 10:35:58 PM  
Gee, I'm a salaried employee with multiple tasks and deadlines.

Let me just spend an hour and a half literally doing bullshiat with other people who have piles and piles more work than I do.

Sure, if you're paid by the hour, play bullshiat games all day long.

But I'm required to meet these deadlines, and this kind of thing just means I have to spend an hour and a half working late to catch up on productivity.

No farking thanks.
 
2022-05-24 10:44:28 PM  
...pocket pool?
 
2022-05-24 10:51:36 PM  
How about 5 or so pinball machines in the break room?
 
2022-05-24 11:04:29 PM  

baronbloodbath: Gee, I'm a salaried employee with multiple tasks and deadlines.

Let me just spend an hour and a half literally doing bullshiat with other people who have piles and piles more work than I do.

Sure, if you're paid by the hour, play bullshiat games all day long.

But I'm required to meet these deadlines, and this kind of thing just means I have to spend an hour and a half working late to catch up on productivity.

No farking thanks.


I'm a salaried worker with a lot of stuff due. I'll always find time to have fun at work.

Almost nothing you do is as important as you make it out to be. Get over yourself and let yourself have fun.
 
2022-05-25 12:21:31 AM  
I do recall that Sunday Dread of Monday feeling, and it was awful.  Retired now, and every day feels like Saturday. I highly recommend it, if you have the means.
 
2022-05-25 12:43:31 AM  
"One day, after work, my team decided to play Codenames virtually, a team-based word game. Perhaps naively, I mentally bucketed this activity into the category of general socializing."

I found the most important part of the article.  Let employees do what they want to do with their free time and they will be happy.  Who would have thought?

I hope to see the follow-up article next week where a bunch of managers impose games on their employees and wonder why they aren't seeing the same results.
 
2022-05-25 1:00:20 AM  

IAmRight: baronbloodbath: Gee, I'm a salaried employee with multiple tasks and deadlines.

Let me just spend an hour and a half literally doing bullshiat with other people who have piles and piles more work than I do.

Sure, if you're paid by the hour, play bullshiat games all day long.

But I'm required to meet these deadlines, and this kind of thing just means I have to spend an hour and a half working late to catch up on productivity.

No farking thanks.

I'm a salaried worker with a lot of stuff due. I'll always find time to have fun at work.

Almost nothing you do is as important as you make it out to be. Get over yourself and let yourself have fun.


Agreed - I masturbate at work frequently too
 
2022-05-25 1:29:02 AM  
I've been in IT for 37 years, the last 13 consulting for the federal (US) government. I hadn't realized I had suppressed my corporate memories so deeply until I read "like weekly development check-ins" and an icy knot formed in the pit of my stomach.
 
2022-05-25 6:27:47 AM  
Ad agencies discovered this a long time ago. The most creative ideas come to you when you're not actively thinking about something (like in the shower).

That's why people see creative teams playing ping pong or joking around and think they're slacking off. But they're not.* Right in the middle of a game, someone might shout out: "For Apple, let's have a woman throw a large hammer at a screen showing Big Brother!"

Everyone else: "BRILLIANT!"

Some of my best thinking comes when I'm taking a walk around the office's neighborhood after lunch.

* And if you're paying an ad agency by the hour, you're paying for that game time
 
2022-05-25 9:58:11 AM  

baronbloodbath: Gee, I'm a salaried employee with multiple tasks and deadlines.

Let me just spend an hour and a half literally doing bullshiat with other people who have piles and piles more work than I do.

Sure, if you're paid by the hour, play bullshiat games all day long.

But I'm required to meet these deadlines, and this kind of thing just means I have to spend an hour and a half working late to catch up on productivity.

No farking thanks.


Sounds like your problem is less about taking some time to play some games and more your job has unreasonable expectations.

I allow my team to do games on Friday afternoon. I don't require anyone to participate, nor require them to work extra to make up for it. Most of them participate and often ask what we're playing next week.
 
2022-05-25 10:15:00 AM  

cfreak: baronbloodbath: Gee, I'm a salaried employee with multiple tasks and deadlines.

Let me just spend an hour and a half literally doing bullshiat with other people who have piles and piles more work than I do.

Sure, if you're paid by the hour, play bullshiat games all day long.

But I'm required to meet these deadlines, and this kind of thing just means I have to spend an hour and a half working late to catch up on productivity.

No farking thanks.

Sounds like your problem is less about taking some time to play some games and more your job has unreasonable expectations.

I allow my team to do games on Friday afternoon. I don't require anyone to participate, nor require them to work extra to make up for it. Most of them participate and often ask what we're playing next week.


It's mostly that the volume of work is constant, and if the work is not done and completed promptly, our company can be, and has been, fined for failure to respond to legal matters.

So there are real world costs associated with failure to meet deadlines. I don't think any sane business person will accept a $10,000 fine because some people wanted to spend 90 minutes playing Jackbox.

Hence, if they force me and my team to play games, there is nobody else in our company who can do the work, and I will have to spend overtime doing it.

Not even my own manager knows how to do my job.

I'd rather spend my own time playing Planet Crafter or Subnautica than some Jackbox drawing game which is entirely in enjoyable to me.
 
2022-05-25 12:14:05 PM  
If you're so busy and irreplaceable, maybe you shouldn't be posting on Fark during work hours?
 
2022-05-25 3:04:14 PM  
Every single day there's an article trying to convince us office "fun" actually *is* fun.

Can we get full disclosure on who is paying the writers?
 
2022-05-25 3:18:24 PM  

KB202: Every single day there's an article trying to convince us office "fun" actually *is* fun.

Can we get full disclosure on who is paying the writers?


Don't worry, the American Enterprise Institute has our best interests in mind after they moonlighted for Barry Goldwater's campaign!
 
2022-05-25 3:55:23 PM  
When I think back to college -- lots of pressure, multiple classes/tasks, hard deadlines, WFH -- I wonder how work is really all that different, and why, all of a sudden, I'm not capable of doing the job from wherever it's most convenient/pleasant for me...

...managers, of course, are just starting to think about this, and realising they are not really as indispensable as they would like to think they are. Luckily, my manager would rather write code, so we get along fine.
 
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