Deactivate Facebook. Delete Instagram. Cancel Emails. Remove Snapchat.
Did you just get incredibly nervous?
The first thing in the morning you do is check all of these and more social accounts- work related or other, correct? That is today’s workforce- you can be classified as a ‘knowledge worker’
Modern life has forced us to become accessible at all times, and taught us that if you don’t answer texts and calls straight away you will lose that job or shift. The pressures of this notion has created us to become heavily reliant on our devices and our work never stops. Employers are able to connect you whenever and however they please.
Even though I have a set roster that rarely changes, I leave my phone on 24/7 in case they call me, ask me to come in early and will check for text messages when I wake up. I constantly thinking about work and reminding myself of things to do for them- however completely unpaid!
Information no longer comes at a monetary price but a physical price of time: “Free information flows dictate modern society and demand that labour matches the flow. Workers must be 1) flexible with time 2) flexible in space/location.”
We have changed how we work- moving from the physical notion of labour (industry and machinery) into the ‘liquid’ labour (free flow of information). What does that mean for our jobs in the future? Is this why home offices are becoming more common? Work and play are no longer separated: they have become intertwined through our media and information flows. It is a non-stop experience of working and connecting that our internet/information age will never stop at.
The video shows in short, easy to understand drawings for a simpler understanding of how liquid labour has affected our lives