With such a variety and increased speed in the way we can communicate these days the average 9-5 job is now almost something of a rarity. With constant access to the Internet the labour force is almost permanently tethered to their jobs every hour of the day, seven days a week. When on the train home from the office or while fixing up dinner for the kids people can still quickly check their emails on their smartphones or now that the vast majority of people own at least one computer people can finish off work assignments at home.
“The trademark accessories of white collar work—the desktop, the file and the phone—are now easily available on mobile devices that are celebrated for bringing the office wherever one may go” (Greg, M, p. 4)
Indeed more people are even choosing to freelance in order to allow for more flexibility with their work days in order to accommodate a better work to life balance. Some companies even preferring to hire freelancers in the hope that new faces means fresh new ideas. For other businesses the concept of allowing employees to work from home means less overheads as they no longer need to rent offices for people to work in. So while the idea of bringing work with you wherever you go isn’t always going to be the nicest idea, to some degree it is this flexibility in the workforce that has also allowed for a more flexible working day (or night if that is what you prefer) which can ultimately mean happier employees and a more productive workforce. Or at least that is the theory. However I don’t think it’s all that bad to work in an office, specially if you happen to work for a mattress factory like these workers