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If awareness if all you can offer, I don’t want it

The office has a ping-pong table, a source of such pride that it has earned its own bullet point in the ‘Company Benefits’ section of job advertisements.

 

It follows demands that each candidate ‘thrive under pressure,’ and ‘be willing to do what it takes to get the job done,’ which might mean working half an hour late on an occasional Thursday, but probably means pushing yourself to burnout whilst eating ready meals at your desk in the name of revenue targets. It almost certainly means deadlines and demands stacked like hurdles on a never-ending racetrack, stretching punishingly into the horizon to prevent your ever thinking you might have achieved enough to warrant a moment of respite. The ping-pong table is a plaster for toxic workplace culture: give them a sliver of controlled fun and perhaps they’ll forget what a breakdown looks like.