Agree or Disagree: The Future of Work is changing in a good way.


I like to read different things and different topics. Lately, I have been reading some topics related to employment.  Resumes, interviews, networking etc. I stumbled upon this one. It’s an interesting read on The Future of Work and Digital Proficiency. Well, I thought it was interesting anyway.

While this article is specifically talking about how technology is changing, there seems to lots of changes when it comes to employment.  How you apply, your resume and the way positions are being interviewed have changed. The types of positions you can apply for have significantly changed as well.  While we still have Accountants, Engineers, Doctors. But now you can apply for things like Social Media Specialist, Beverage Dissemination Officer, and Digital Overlord.

How  you can do your job has changed as well. Partially because of technology, yes. But, there are other reasons. Many are moving from a “9-5” shift to a variety of different shifts.  You can also work in other places other than the office. You can work from home, a coffee shop, or while you travel. The way you sit at the office has changed. We are using words like ergonomics to sit in your chair and desk more comfortably. Heck, you don’t even have to sit at your desk. You can stand as well.

So, we have lots of changes. We want to be more efficient, and effective.  We are using words like “measurable” and “corporate culture”. We have projects to improve our projects.

But is it a good thing? Do you Agree or Disagree that the future of work is changing in a good way?

Agree or Disagree: Work is B.S.: We need to move to “AntiWork”.


At first glance, this will seem weird. So, stick with this concept. And, if you still think it is weird, I won’t blame you.

I have attached and article  that you can read here. The article suggests that we need a new approach to work, called “anti-work.”  The article defines “anti-work “as this.

A moral alternative to the obsession of “jobs” that has plagued our society for too long. It’s a project to radically reframe work and leisure. It’s also a cognitive antidote to the pernicious culture of “hard work”, which has taken our minds as well as our precious time.

Now, yes, there is a lot of big words, but there are some interesting things to think about. First, let me ask a question.

Why do you work? Seriously. Is it because you need the money? Do you enjoy your work? If you do, that is rare as only 13% of people feel engaged in their job. This according to a poll done in the Washington Post in 2013. I know you say, American. I’ll be the numbers aren’t much higher in Canada.

Wouldn’t you rather be spending the majority of your hours doing something you actually enjoy?  Not stuck at a desk. Or a till. Or, whatever else makes you feel stuck. Maybe avoid that annoying co-worker. Spend more time volunteering in the community you live in. Or overseas. Write a book.

The article is suggesting we move away from this motion of continuing to work, and find a better work-life balance.

So the question is this. Do you Agree or Disagree that Work is B.S. and that it is time to move to a concept like “Anti-Work?” Do you think our society/culture can work with this?

Agree or Disagree: You would choose Family over Career Advancement.


There has been some discussion about this due to Flames Goaltender Mikka Kipursoff.

For those who don’t know, Kipursoff decided to not accept a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the reasons was in part that his wife recently had a baby. The baby was two weeks early and there were some complications. 

There have been two school of thoughts on this. For this, I will use employee/employer language. One, since he is an employee for an organization, he should accept the terms of his employment and report to his assignment. The other side of this is, family comes first. And if family comes first, then if this not the best time for the family, then the employee should not do it. Thus the employer, should understand and respect the decision.

So, what if a situation like this happened to you? You are, or have started a family. Maybe you have an opportunity to advance your career by taking an assignment. The problem is, it might keep you away from your family. Or, if not family, maybe it will keep you away from your friends.

What would you do? And, what advice would you give someone in that situation?