We can all relate to some, if not all of this comedic & melodic narrative. It's sad that this is the norm for many corporate cultures. A lack of human intention is the root cause. Corporate policies, procedures and outdated mission statements have an affect on the human element. They chase away any hint of humanity.
The good news.
Using Human Experience Design you have the power to bring it back. From lunchroom pudding to casual Fridays, its up to YOU to prevent this from happening in your workplace.
How? Designing for simple, authentic emotion. Try this simple employee birthday challenge.
Next time you all meet for the cake, card and balloons add one thing. Tell each person attending that they will have 30 seconds to show appreciation to the birthday person. That's it. Watch what happens when you unleash the smallest bit of humanity.