Category Archives: It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine
The BBC recently posted an essay on presenteeism, defined at Wikipedia thus: “Presenteeism or working while sick is the act or culture of employees continuing to work as a performative measure, despite having reduced productivity levels or negative consequences.”
As can be seen, they whine about it still being an issue.
As long as there is office work, I suspect there will be presenteeism, as many people’s office work – not all, but many’s – may be of a kind that either (a) doesn’t require actually putting in eight hours a day of actual work, or (b) has so much work that one can never actually complete it all, and is overwhelming therefore.
Either way, employees will make sure their bosses see they are at work, since it’s one way bosses use to evaluate productivity, however poor it may be, other than merely output. Especially in a feminized workplace, endless meetings and the like can take up the time of productive actual work, again either because there isn’t that much work, or there’s too much expected, so it’s another way of carving out breaks from doing real work.
I’m sure many folks have dreamed they could do this sort of thing:
With telework, you CAN have a virtual steaming cup of coffee; e.g. send emails at 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. 😉
Hey, there are more legit reasons to hate them, like their Chinese factories with Uyghur slave labour ostensibly (not that I care, but if you do, that could be a legit reason), their boosting Colin Fakernick, and doubtless more.
But the Weekly Dumpster Fire said let’s do this, and that’s good enough for me. 🙂