There has been a lot of noise about the future of work and the reimagining or reinventing of workspace.

But is it really being transformed or has it just been prettified with beer on tap, hammocks, Fussball tables and a name change to sooth the real agenda of efficiencies?

Since people chiseled stones in caves around a fire until more recent times, the workplace was social and human. Then the industrial machine came, stripped out inefficiency, de-humanised it and made it the anti-social workplace.

Perhaps if we put the human factor back to the top of the list of priorities and not cost-effectiveness, then work could become a social and humane place/activity that inspires rather than enslaves or coerces people to perform shallow tasks to build other people’s dreams in a miserable emotional and physical environment.

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Published by Philip Dodson