There’s a Fine Line Between Work and Play

Workplaces are connected to the outside world better than ever with technology and social media. These new forms of communication technology provide employers with a fast and easy way to access information about potential employees. Beercules, anyone? The technology being used enables us to work more efficiently (Bradwell & Reeves, 2008).

More recently, the internet has allowed for a shift from traditional home lifestyles to one with more fluidity. This type of liquid lifestyle can make it difficult to differentiate between professional and personal life. An example that comes to mind is daily vloggers on YouTube. These individuals film and share their everyday activities. The SacconeJoly’s and Louis Cole have filmed their everyday lives for the past five or so years.

Although it is very much in the developmental stages, generations to come will be provided with fully integrated technologies in the workplace. Many people don’t even realise they are living a liquid lifestyle. Traditional offices have slowly transitioned into liquid labour spaces, with the introduction of media sources. Most desks in the workplace contain a computer, and almost every individual sitting at that desk owns a smartphone.

Liquid Labour

References:

Bradwell, P., and Reeves, R. (2008) Economies. In Networked Citizens (pp. 25-31)

Noyes, Dan. ‘Top 20 Facebook Statistics – Updated May 2015’. Zephoria Inc.. N.p., 2015

Smith, Craig. ‘125 Amazing Linkedin Statistics & Facts’. DMR. N.p., 2014

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5 thoughts on “There’s a Fine Line Between Work and Play

  1. I love seeing such a personal take on the content rather than a regurgitation of the readings and lecture material. You have a nice, easy going writing style that plays really well to a blogging medium. You bring up an interesting point regarding Youtubers; it’s interesting to think how the vlogging profession was born liquid, it never even lived anyway else.

    Your infographic is informative, however a lot of the statistics and numbers feel ultimately irrelevant to ‘Liquid Labour’ as a whole. It would have been better to maybe find some “workers at home” statistics to populate it, rather than generic social media stats.

    • I thought the vlogging thing was important to include as I’ve seen so many of them get hassled about not including enough in videos, but sometimes they have to draw a line. Eventhough it is their job, you have to have private time sometime.
      I was meant to include some more information in my post about social media to link to the statistics, so I might have to fix that up! Thanks 🙂

  2. I really like your ideas about vloggers and others who make their living online. Another example of this could be fashion and lifestyle bloggers who are expected to post multiple, curated, perfect photos each day, but we forget they are humans too and they do have to draw the line with what and when they post. The other thing to remember is that it often becomes their full time job – which in turn means they need some downtime; they don’t want to be working all the time, just like everyone else. It’s interesting that there are much higher expectations placed on those who make money from cyberspace in terms of the amount of “work” they are expected to produce.
    In terms of the other point you made about offices slowly turning into liquid labour spaces, another point there could be that employees have more access to their “liquid lives” while at the office. So this could be accessing social media when they are supposed to be working. This liquid labour environment means easier access to distractions and could lead to reduced efficiency. However, it’s becoming harder and harder for companies to block such websites as even THEY use them for corporate purposes. It’s definitely blurring the line between what is and isn’t acceptable to do at work.
    Also, just wanted to say I actually don’t mind that your infographic gives some additional stats; I like that it adds context to your argument. Good job!

  3. Really interesting blog post, i agree completely that the internet has allowed for a shift from traditional home lifestyles to one with more fluidity. However I can’t decide whether or not this is positive or negative. I look at all the good things about being able to do work, anywhere anytime but also see how this can negatively effect peoples wellbeing without the ability to switch off and set work hour boundaries. Overall really good blog

  4. This is a very well done blog post. Your infographic is very professional looking and includes a lot of useful and interesting information about the topic. I agree with you when you say that many people don’t even realise they are living a liquid lifestyle – a lot of people I know will do work outside of standard business hours such as answering emails and such and if I was to ask them if they work from home they would definitely answer no. Interesting read. well done 🙂

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