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What tech offices tell us about the future work – Kate Losse – Aeon

What tech offices tell us about the future work – Kate Losse – Aeon | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?
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«What connects Facebook’s incongruous graffiti and Twitter’s incongruous log cabins is their expense. Both represent a complete renovation of the space, making graffiti and log cabins (not in themselves luxurious) seem like high-end amenities. The homesteader who originally lived in Twitter’s log cabin lived a much more rugged life than the office worker, and this contrast is part of the log cabin’s frisson in the office. Likewise the men’s clothing shops in fashionable areas of San Francisco such as Hayes Valley and the Mission that sell multiple styles of artisanal leather boots and allow the tech worker to model himself on a rugged 19th-century labourer. The rough-hewn, old-fashioned look of Twitter’s cabins is repeated in all the reclaimed wood that has crept into the high-tech workspace in recent years. Any splinters you get from these textures is a small price to pay for the tactile, pre-modern feeling of a place that is otherwise devoted to the collection of ethereal data. It is this very need to represent high-tech luxury at the same time as invoking its opposite that drives the modern baroque of early 21st-century tech offices.«

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WHEN YOU JUST CANNOT GET AWAY

Exploring the use of information and communication technologies in facilitating negative work/home spilloverDOI:10.1080/1369118X.2013.772650

Ronald W. Berkowsky

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"The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of ICTs in facilitating negative spillover in both the work–home (i.e. work-to-home) and home–work (i.e. home-to-work) directions. This investigation utilizes data collected from a cross-sectional study conducted with a sample of US workers to determine if using ICTs at home for work purposes serves as a predictor for negative work–home spillover and if using ICTs at work for personal reasons serves as a predictor for negative home–work spillover. Findings may provide insight into the role ICTs play in the relationship between work life and home life and may be used by employers and employees in developing strategies and tactics to reduce the negative impacts associated with spillover."

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A suicide survivor: the life of a Chinese worker - Chan - 2013 - New Technology, Work and Employment - Wiley Online Library

A suicide survivor: the life of a Chinese worker - Chan - 2013 - New Technology, Work and Employment - Wiley Online Library | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

In 2010, 18 employees working for Foxconn in China attempted suicide. These shocking events focused the world's attention on the manufacturing supply chains of China's export industry and the experience of working within them. What had driven these young, migrant, assembly line workers to commit such a desperate act? This article provides a first-hand account of the experiences of one of those who survived a suicide attempt, 17-year-old Tian Yu. Her personal narrative is embedded within the broader context of labour process, work organisation and managerial practice at Foxconn, the Taiwanese-owned multinational that provides products and components for Apple and others. The factory conditions are further shaped by the company trade union and Chinese government policies. The paper concludes with additional contextualisation indicating the emergence of an alliance of workers, students, scholars and transnational labour movement activists who are campaigning for Chinese workers' rights.

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