“Working hard or hardly working?” appears to summarize the British mentality towards work and play. During the internship class that was held on Tuesday, it was interesting to see the different ways in which the work-life balance varied across different classmate’s internships, and the varying influence each business’ practice of this principal had on its office environment. Several of my classmates explained their office culture promoted a work-life balance through a relaxed office environment. “Relaxed” in this context means a variety of aspects regarding the workplace, from a laid-back dress code to getting lunch or drinks with co-workers. On Tuesday, I explained my internship had more of an “American” workplace culture rather than a relaxed British one. However, after reading Kate Fox’s chapter on “Work Rules” I’m rethinking my previous argument that my workplace isn’t stereotypically British. Fox argued that although the British claim to “work hard, play hard” and have an ideal work-life balance, in practice the Brits have a “work hard, play moderately” policy. I came into my internship with the expectation that Brits had a relaxed culture in the office, and a “play hard” lifestyle after, that they filled themselves up with pints during their breaks and after they leave work. In some cases, maybe this pattern is true, however “work hard play moderately” is far more fitting in my office environment. At work, my co-workers are serious about getting their job done to the best of their ability. Working hard is especially important in a non-profit workplace where doing one’s job effectively has the potential to make a significant difference on the lives of others, and my colleague’s commitment to their jobs and the organization’s mission make it clear they are aware of this significance. However, there is a life balance, and a “moderate play” to the office culture as well. I’ve seen my office alter employee hours for religious holidays, one of my co-workers is an avid painter in her spare time, and my offer to check work emails and make a phone call during a travel weekend was thought of as “absurd.” Consequently, based on my office experiences and those of my classmates, I agree with aspects of Fox’s chapter that describe the British office environment being more relaxed than that of America. However, the extent to which her proposal that the British have a more relaxed work environment varies. Overall, I think there is a happy medium between “work hard play hard” and “work hard play moderately” that exists in the British workplace. It will be interesting to compare and contrast office environments in Britain with those in America as I hold consequent jobs at home.