Shadow Work

Shadow Work

The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill your Day

eBook - 2015
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"With the exception of sleep, humans spend more of their lifetimes on work than any other activity. It is central to our economy, society, and the family. It underpins our finances and our sense of meaning in life. Given the overriding importance of work, we need to recognize a profound transformation in the nature of work that is significantly altering lives: the incoming tidal wave of shadow work. Shadow work includes all the unpaid tasks we do on behalf of businesses and organizations. It has slipped into our routines stealthily; most of us do not realize how much of it we are already doing, even as we pump our own gas, scan and bag our own groceries, execute our own stock trades, and build our own unassembled furniture. But its presence is unmistakable, and its effects far-reaching."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781619026391
Characteristics: 1 online resource (277 pages)


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Oct 19, 2018

My expectations were too high on this book after seeing all of the accolades in the liner notes. I started this book expecting to have a description of non-value-added work that I'm getting pushed into by companies and to leave with some hard-hitting recommendations on what could be done on an individual level and societal level for fighting against this trend. The descriptions of shadow work which were provided were things that I largely think are valuable in contrast to the author. The author's recommendations about how to "fight" the problem were nothing more than basic wisdom like "value your time" and "enjoy your work".

People would be better served by not reading this book and taking a few recommendations: 1. Put away your phone on a regular basis, 2. lobby for lowering the minimum wage so that there's more opportunities for people to get their foot in the door on relatively low paid work, and 3. reading the book of Ecclesiastes.

Nov 15, 2016

This book's stated purpose is to identify for the reader various work that has been pushed toward consumers over the years where previously workers would perform the actions.

[Think cleaning your own table at a restaurant, pumping your own gas, doing your own taxes, investing your own 401k, and the like.]

The author is able to keep from passing judgment on these movements to shadow work and keeps to his purpose of bringing to light these cases of shadow work so that the reader know about them. The reader can then self-examine and make decisions on what work they are willing to take upon themselves, for convenience/savings, or what work they would push back toward the marketplace.

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