Friday night topic: The white collar factory


— 6:43 PM on November 29, 2002

There's an interesting story over at BBC News on how the hi-tech workplace may in fact be no better than a 19th century factory, complete with long hours, isolation, stress, and a lack of job security. The article is short, but though-provoking. I'm sure the workplace varies quite a bit between employers and even segments of the technology industry, but still I wonder. Have hi-tech professionals become a commodity that's easily bought and sold? Is there so little job security that workers have no choice but to put in long hours and undertake new responsibilities out of fear of the unemployment line? Can the technology industry thrive, or even survive if this becomes the norm?

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