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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs | News | The Guardian
One of post-work’s best arguments is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the work ideology is neither natural nor very old. “Work as we know it is a recent construct,” says Hunnicutt. Like most historians, he identifies the main building blocks of our work culture as 16th-century Protestantism, which saw effortful labour as leading to a good afterlife; 19th-century industrial capitalism, which required disciplined workers and driven entrepreneurs; and the 20th-century desires for consumer goods and self-fulfillment.

The emergence of the modern work ethic from this chain of phenomena was “an accident of history,” Hunnicutt says. Before then, “All cultures thought of work as a means to an end, not an end in itself.” From urban ancient Greece to agrarian societies, work was either something to be outsourced to others – often slaves – or something to be done as quickly as possible so that the rest of life could happen.

Even once the new work ethic was established, working patterns continued to shift and be challenged. Between 1800 and 1900, the average working week in the west shrank from about 80 hours to about 60 hours. From 1900 to the 1970s, it shrank steadily further: to roughly 40 hours in the US and the UK. Trade union pressure, technological change, enlightened employers, and government legislation all progressively eroded the dominance of work.
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8 hours ago by Chirael
Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs | News | The Guardian
"The return of the drum solo may not be everyone’s idea of progress."
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3 days ago by Nachimir
Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers
An independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer.

Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.
mentalHealth  MentalWellbeing  workforce  workforceHealth  Employment  DH  DWP  Oct2017 
4 days ago by publichealth
How to Hire & Work With a Copyeditor
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