Work Hard, Play Never…? Becoming a 24/7 Employee

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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’

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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.

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The video shows in short, easy to understand drawings for a simpler understanding of how liquid labour has affected our lives

Source: Youtube

3 thoughts on “Work Hard, Play Never…? Becoming a 24/7 Employee

  1. The way work has changed with the transition from the second to the third wave, and while employers are able to contact us at any time, and we often do unpaid busywork after hours, the changes could work in favour of the employee too.

    In future, once society completely integrates into the third wave, employees may be able to tap in and out of work at any time. One might be able to build their own schedule, where there are no rosters, you just log onto the gig economy whenever you feel like working. There’s always someone somewhere in the world that needs something done. Work on something for as long as you feel like it, and cash out. At any time that fits your sleep schedule. The perfect way to work?

    I’m scared by the idea that employers might no longer owe any loyalty to their employees, but it does go both ways to some degree. Sites facilitating this kind of work already exist –

    https://www.upwork.com/
    https://www.fiverr.com/
    https://www.freelancer.com.au/

    Freelancing for different customers everyday could be incredibly interesting. Provided that you could balance work and life in this new economy of course.

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  2. Hey Amanda, I thought it was really helpful that you included quite a few hyperlinks and as well as a youtube video. It’s crazy to think how relatable this is as I also am always on high alert about work and when I am available. What are your thoughts of us the fundamental shift from industrial worker to knowledge worker? I find it normal that I now do work from home, unpaid. Heres an article about knowledge workers and how to work with them in a work environment: https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelliekarabell/2015/10/28/how-to-manage-the-knowledge-workers-on-your-team/#4db40c151dda

    Despite being able to work more at home, I still worry about being available in working hours for when my employer needs me.

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    1. Hi Chantelle, I also find it quite normal that I do work from home unpaid- I think we have entered the workplace at the time where it is the norm but our parents generation find it strange the shift that has occurred.
      Thanks for the link, I will check it out 🙂

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