The Opposite of Play

Workers who are free to make their own on-the-job decisions are much more likely to experience their work as play than are those who do not have such freedom. Nothing sucks the play out of work more than micromanaging.

One reason why children experience their schoolwork as the opposite of play derives from the close supervision of that work. Schoolchildren are under constant micromanagement. They are told just what to do, just how to do it, and just when to do it; and every detail of what they do is judged and evaluated by criteria that are not their own. Work of this sort truly is the opposite of play.