Work as interaction
Esko Kilpi

Enjoyed your article. Although work settings are often hubs of social interaction, I don’t see these settings becoming truly enriching until work ( the actual word and environments) are enriching. For some, the word work conjures thoughts, feelings, and images of Egyptian slaves toiling away at the base of a pyramid. Equally, for some, work is burdensome toil they would rather not do.

Socioeconomic status may play a role in whether work is a welcomed event with engaging social interaction or 8,10,12, and 16 hours of hell. It is no secret that those with low socioeconomic status more heavily rely on others for survival because they have to. Let me repeat that last snippet: they have to.

Persons of higher economic status on the other hand are less likely to “ have to” work in not so terrific places to pay the bills. Further, they are not as reliant on others for their survival. They have more options and time and can choose work that is more socially stimulating.

The advent of the internet and social devices levels the playing field. A savvy techie doesn’t need corporate culture or the walls it’s housed within. The water cooler has been replaced by twitter, facebook, and linkedin. To boot, there is no hierarchy for Nephew Teddie to rapidly ascend thanks to the nepotism of said corporate culture. It once took decades and millions of dollars to build a successful company, have a voice, and be heard as a collection of human beings. It now takes weeks to months and will only get faster.