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Work and fun didn't always mix

Work and fun didn't always mix

Research shows that over 75% of college-educated workers expect passion to be a key ingredient in their career choices.

Yet, throughout human history, work was mostly work, and enjoying it was an exception. For example, ancient Greeks and Romans regarded work as something to give to slaves. Medieval peasants typically worked half a day. The Protestant work ethic saw work as a moral obligation rather than a hedonistic pursuit.

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Fun has surprising benefits

There is a positive relationship between how much fun you have at work and how prosocial, ethical, and altruistic you are with your colleagues. So even if fun doesn't increase your performance, it increases your desire to be friendly and avoid being a toxic colleague.

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Differences in the degree to which people need fun at work

Differences in the degree to which people need fun at work

Assuming we all want to work in places that are entertaining or amusing is misguided.

  • Millennials and Gen Xers tend to score higher on individualistic traits, which predict more hedonistic and self-indulgent work environments.
  • Extroverted and agreeable individuals desire fun w...

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Working more hours

We expect the evolution of work to provide more opportunities for people to thrive and enjoy their careers.

In 1930, Milton Keys predicted that technology would be so advanced in the future that we would work only 15 hours a week. Although he was wrong, we should consider whether the extra ...

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Love for the work does not always equal performance

Love for the work does not always equal performance

Research shows that loving your job improves your creative performance at work by nine percent.

Similarly, there is at most a nine percent overlap between how much you love your job and how well you perform at it. Those who love their jobs may be terrible performers, and those who are miser...

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