Every human needs a sanctuary, a place where they can unplug and not be accountable to anybody but themselves or their immediate family.
For the white collar worker this evil virus has eviscerated that line. Yes, it’s been dulled for years as high fliers or big shots checked their work e-mail at 12:31 in the morning just to keep themselves in the game, but now it’s in overdrive.
For blue collar workers who are either out of a job or have to expose themselves to the virus every day on the jobsite this is a good problem to have though.
I’m now on week two of online conferences and courses for work at home and it’s extremely jarring. I don’t want to hear big shot #43 run his mouth about how awesome he is while I hear my washing machine go. It’s an intrusion on my castle. It feels odd. It feels wrong. Honestly, I’d just rather be at work.
A few publications that aren’t busy (still) playing politics have begun to ask very important questions about where society will be after the first global pandemic in a century. My worry at this particular moment is the work world and the your world will be essentially blended from now on. You did it for months, so why can’t your boss ask you do to work at home whenever the hell they want? At whatever time they want?
This isn’t normal and it isn’t human. But whether we like it or not, maybe it will become the new normal?