📑 The ‘overemployed’ online community is engaged in a profitable workplace deception

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Boundaries between work and life have blurred like never before, with checking emails after hours becoming increasingly normalised.

On the other hand, suspicious bosses aren’t able to glance over at their employees to keep an eye on them.

New concepts like “quiet quitting” emerged in 2022; older ones like “presenteeism” found new resonance in the remote-first era.

And, in Australia, the government has responded with newly passed, right-to-disconnect laws.

It was while navigating the changing terrain at the height of the pandemic that Tony adopted what he describes as a “Marxist” viewpoint to justify his choices.

He felt his employer was exploiting him by profiting off the excess value created through his hard work.

If an employer is happy with a worker’s output and signs off on their time sheets, Tony asks, “Is it unethical to do something else [on the side]?”

Fiona Macdonald from the Centre for Future Work says this is akin to saying “two wrongs make a right”.

Source: Tony was working two jobs. His bosses didn’t know by @abcnews

Although I have issues with open offices, I am really intrigued when some colleagues want to work five days at home. It feels like in a post-COVID work that there is a lot of innuendo around people having side-hustles. To be fair, this has always been the case, it just feels like it has become front and centre. This feels like it is leading to a culture of survellience. I like the point that this is a ‘race to the bottom’ is pertinent.

“Workplaces that run on fear and a lack of trust – that’s a race to the bottom,” she explains.

“If you’re communicating regularly with staff, you’ll know which employees are performing well and which ones aren’t. We don’t need a Big Brother approach to tell us that.”

Source: Tony was working two jobs. His bosses didn’t know by @abcnews

Really, if I was going to the effort of having two jobs, I would get two devices. Also, I personally think that beyond ‘communication’, I add regular notes and updates to projects or incidents. I believe that this tells enough of a story. this still runs the risk of becoming performative, rather than productive.

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