I am worried. The work place and the home place is increasingly looking like the same and somehow I don’t think this is good. In the past, work and home were quite different places and we weren’t confused. More importantly, we didn’t use work tools at home. Home was different from work and the two life styles very rarely mixed. Nowadays we are driven by integration: our computers at home have the same systems as the ones at work, our management courses teach values and lessons that apply to both home and work life, some of us have our breakfast at work, we take work home and discuss with our loved ones like it actually matters to them, and we see work as a healthy break from the stressful life at home.
Some of us will think this is all good, but it isn’t. Employers devised this strategy to make us work 24 hours. Work is now so pervasive that it invades our inner life and populates it with tools and clues that makes us work all the time in the pursue of a mythical balance, which of course will never come.
Whilst in the past workers faced the hardship of work, the modern office worker faces an invasion of their emotional persona. Not quite sure which one is worse.