Company Socializing Has Become Work

In the era of the virtual office, when even workers who are physically present often wall off their senses with oversized headphones and rely on Slack to chat with colleagues sitting in desks next to them, forced fun at the corporate level may represent the last, best hope for human interaction among co-workers who would otherwise remain the closest of strangers. โ€œI canโ€™t think of anything more depressing than an office where no one actually talks to each other,โ€ said Lois Najarian Oโ€™Neill, a founder of the Door Idea House, a public relations and branding agency in New York who mandates a no-phone, no-screen policy at her companyโ€™s midweek overnight outings to Montauk or the Catskills. โ€œOur retreat is our saving grace.โ€

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