Blurred lines between labour and leisure

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As a direct result of the ever-evolving technological world we find ourselves immersed in, old perceptions about work are undergoing a complete reconstruct. Gregg has coined the term, “presence bleed”, which “arises when the workplace and the home are seen as interchangeable locations for work that fluctuate in degrees of attractiveness depending on the nature of the competing tasks to be completed.” This is a growing phenomenon — people are increasingly enjoying, and are capable of, flexible working conditions which allow them to work from home occasionally. This infographic looks at the quantitative data that has been collected on the liquid labour phenomenon and also explores the ways in which it has altered old perceptions about work.

Those who choose to work from home are however struggling to distinguish what actually counts as work due to the fact that the boundaries between labour and leisure, work and home have blurred to such an extent (Gregg). This is what is known as liquid labour, when labour and leisure pour into each other. This has proven to surface several consequences such as those discussed in the infographic as well as “difficulty maintaining family relationships, using days off to catch up on unfinished tasks, as well as regular interruptions to sleep patterns and other physical ailments” (Gregg).

References:

Gregg, M. ‘Function Creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workplace’

http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/01/17/work-from-home-the-top-100-companies-offering-flexible-jobs-in-2014/

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/australian-bureau-of-statistics-says-1-in-12-people-work-more-at-home-but-new-research-shows-it-can-leave-you-a-little-bit-lonely/story-fneszs56-1226675067941

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/working-from-home-growing-in-popularity-20130225-2f23e.html

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6 thoughts on “Blurred lines between labour and leisure

  1. I don’t believe that online work could be for everyone no matter how much it continues to increase, your right it is that distinction between work and leisure that can become to blurred. I have seen statistics that state that people are more productive when they work from home but sometimes I find that hard to believe. Your infographic statistics chosen highlight the issues with that distinction between work and leisure well

  2. This presence bleed could also be seen in casual workers who can be called into work with nothing more than a call or email. I know personally that is what happens to me, disrupting plans with friends and family. The ease of access to workers essentially created the casual position, allowing workers to be called only when needed. Just something to think about!

  3. I really like your infographic – very clear and interesting use of information! It is interesting that workers recorded that they got more done by working remotely. Personally I think I would get distracted easily by different factors in the home environment and would feel more productive in a workplace situation. Still, it is great that we are able to have such flexible options when it comes to work. Great post! 🙂

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