Round 2: The New Ways and Attitudes of Work
This research round will be exploring the different ways work can be done in the modern day. While technology has improved how have we coped with it? What new ways has society come up with to adapt these technologies?
One popular way of working nowadays is working from home. This varies from each industry of course, but it is most popular with information tech, marketing, education, and sales. Working from home wouldn't be as viable before as it is now because of high-speed communications.
Working from home changed the way teams could collaborate. Drawing from my personal experience, when I lived in the Philippines my father worked from home. His boss lived in Canada, and he had colleagues from Canada, the US, the UAE, and the Philippines. His line of work was mostly on the computer creating and running a website that was popular among many. This level of cooperation is tough to achieve without the internet.
With the internet, it's much easier for employers to communicate with employees. But that has its drawbacks. What has developed now is an "always-on" culture that can have negative effects on workers. As people become more connected, they start to disconnect from themselves. Work starts to take over a little too much and begins controlling everyday life. Workers feel pressured to be always available for fear of being left behind. It deprives the person of individuality as their focus starts to only be set to work. People who work from home have their workplace and home in the same area, which removes the boundary between work and home.
What is interesting is that while people can get too connected, the internet provides more freedom in the ability to present one's self. For example, Facebook: employers can check regularly what their employees are up to. Some are using cellphone GPS to track their employees' whereabouts. Collaboration programs like "Slack" can help teams collaborate These are signs that our technology for communication is making its way into our everyday lives. It is being integrated more and more.
An interesting book I found out about is called "Sleeping with Your Smartphone" by Leslie A. Perlow. The book talks about disconnecting one's personal life from work while still maintaining a healthy balance between the two.
This concludes the second research round. Thank you for reading!
News Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...et-hide-whereabouts/
Something interesting I read which I think raises issues on tracking employee smartphones. I find the article quite humorous!