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Attitudes Toward Workplace Fun: A Three Sector Comparison

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The study presented in this paper examined the issue of "Fun at work" across three sectors: public, nonprofit, and private. Specifically, the paper examined employees' attitudes toward fun, their perceptions of what is (and is not) fun, and the role of trust in the supervisor and coworkers. While there were no significant differences across the three sectors in their attitudes toward fun, there were significant differences across sectors in their ratings of the company-wide outings category and ten (of forty) individual fun activities. Public sector employees tended to rate the activities as less fun than at least one of the other two groups.

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