Now co-workers are expected to follow dozens of conversations in real-time, all the time. People are dedicating large fraction of their screens to a never-ending conveyor belt of conversation pile-ups. The mental overhead, and repetitive visual switchbacking, is exhausting. It’s repression through over-communication. People have had enough. The rebellion has begun.
via Brad Frost
“People don’t do concrete things any more,” he says. Instead he says there has been a rise of managerial roles, which are often not very well defined, and where “the hierarchy is not that clear.” […] Meetings can “arouse feelings of meaninglessness,” he says. But he argues that is often missing their point. Once in a meeting — particularly long ones — their function can become “almost therapeutic.”
Yes, I am filing this in the “Productivity” category!
via Brad Frost
I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds the in-your-face “follow your passion… till you drop” sloganeering in these shared desk facilities somewhat oppressive.
Office Space is mentioned in this article–a movie that shaped my career. When it came out, I was like Peter Gibbons. Although I think I cared about work a bit more than he did. A few years later, I saw it again on TV; I was fucking Lumbergh. It was a wake up call for me. Within a month, I had quit my job. After taking some time off and reflecting, I changed things up for my next job. Thanks Mike Judge!
Perhaps this generation needs its own Office Space type movie, or YouTube or Instagram series.
photo & model by Devin J. Poore