Happiness at Facebook is only for the boss
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.