The Weekly Stripe – 01.02.19
Anthropologists have long been interested in the value of work and what it means for individuals and society. This week's articles look at how new models of work and employment are trying to balance productivity with human happiness and fulfilment. Has the millennial mantra to ‘love what you do’ made work so attractive it no longer feels like work? Or is the solution to just work less?
The ideas of Victorian era art and social critic John Ruskin have inspired the production line of a furniture workshop in London, where machines are used in a way that makes the whole production line ‘more human’.
Rewards for working in peak hours and workplace insurance as a ‘perk’. Are companies like Deliveroo making their employees feel more autonomous, or simply more like customers?
Erin Griffith argues that overwork and ‘hustle’ have been rebranded as virtuous for a generation of young people, mostly for the benefit of wealthy employers.
The Wellcome Trust has become one of the first large organisations to announce that it is considering a four-day week to improve employee wellness.
A VR company is exploring how tech can alleviate workplace anxiety and improve productivity by allowing employees to edit their spreadsheets from a virtual beach, rainforest or zen garden.