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You’re good at your job, but are you ‘fun’ enough?

By Callum Borchers

02 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Being "fun" isn't necessarily listed on people's job descriptions, yet in the world of hybrid-work many feel increasing pressure to be. But do we have a "right to be boring?" The WSJ takes a look.

The Beastie Boys warned that you gotta fight for your right to party. The real battle at work (of all places) might be for your right to be boring.

It’s no longer just a happy hour here and a holiday party there. In the hybrid era, when bosses feel compelled to make up for the reduction of daily chitchat, the quarterly all-hands meeting now comes with a team-building trip to the go-kart track, brewery or ballgame.

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