I know many of my entries have been dedicated to the workplace 3.0 and its implications for the structure of our day to day lives, but I return to writing one again because it seems one of the more pertinent issues of our day. With more and more work being managable from the ubiquitous reach of the internet, our traditional divisions of job and leisure have begun to bleed into each other. The 9-5 that is more often a Monday through Saturday in the corporate scheme is slowly being replaced for a more elastic schedule that allows workers to take into consideration their own preferred schedules.
The conditions we have gotten used to in the business world are summarized well by Nigel Marsh, a renowned speaker and best selling writer on matters relating to the structure of the modern day work life, in his Ted Talks performance: “The reality of the society that we are in is that there are thousands upon thousands of people leading lives of quiet screaming desperation, where they work long hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” According to Marsh, the working conditions we operate within in the corpo
rate world, regardless of whether it be one of the big bad McCorporations or a “good company,” are intended to draw as much work from its employees as is efficient. Whereas I believe the rise of the internet is allowing employers and employees to establish a more congruous working arrangement and a more organic schedule, the basic pressures do remain: work will be work as bosses will be bosses as time will be time. Regardless of whether or not you are able to determine your own work schedule and place, one is always responsible for one’s own quality of life. Even if you determine when you eat and when you sleep, when you walk your dog and when you play with the kids, no one else will be making sure that you are enjoying your life. Here Mr. Marsh advises affirms inserting simple but life-giving projects in one’s day, not by trying to balance a strenuous day in the office with a strenuous workout in the gym, but redefining success by how enjoyable one has constituted one’s life. If we begin preferring simple pleasures and leisure versus maximizing one’s time in the office, at school, at home, we will be able to slowly redefine what sucess and happiness looks like.