Hap­pi­ness at Face­book is only for the boss

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Face­book whistle­blow­ers have re­vealed some chill­ing de­tails about their of­fice life, in­clud­ing that their per­for­mance is ranked con­stantly. The two low­est grades – “meets some [ex­pec­ta­tions] and meets none” – are al­most never awarded be­cause you’ve al­ready been fired. No­body knows ex­actly how to stay on top, but ex-em­ploy­ees sus­pect it is re­lated to en­thu­si­asm, and re­late a cul­ture of con­stant per­for­ma­tive hap­pi­ness which, it may not as­ton­ish us to learn, makes peo­ple re­ally un­happy. It’s like the an­cient Rus­sian say­ing, “only the Tsar is happy”; the peo­ple who use it aren’t happy; the peo­ple who work for it aren’t happy; only the Zucker­berg is happy.

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