All Those Office Perks? They're Ruining Creativity

1/17/2016 - Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dean Simonton in The Los Angeles Times.

Companies, and cities, offer enticements in order to attract, and keep, top-notch employees but also with the implicit (and sometimes explicit) understanding that these perks will make them more creative. At first blush, it seems to make sense: Give employees all the tools they need to innovate, make space for a little fun, then watch the sparks fly. The truth about creativity, however, is considerably less convenient. Discomfort, and even a degree of hardship, are what drive creativity, not bean bag chairs and ping pong tables.

Read the full story in The Los Angeles Times.