Work is no cure for illness – the 24/7 culture is Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online making us sick
Everybody has experienced that strange paradox with the onset of flu or a bad cold. We know it’s going to be a nasty inconvenience. On the other hand, however, people also report a strange sense of reprieve since daily duties and responsibilities can be temporarily suspended. As long as it’s nothing serious, the unrelenting pressure to produce can finally be forgotten for a while. At last we can call in sick.
Some see this as their only escape from a job that has become everything.
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This might all be about to change in light of the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s most recent attack on unemployment and disability benefit claimants. In July he admitted to being “very keen” on having a debate about people funding their own sick pay if they happened to fall ill. After all, it’s our responsibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So why Barberino Factory Outlet Prada should employers have to pay?
All of a sudden that impending head cold isn’t looking so rosy after all. Indeed, one could imagine people with worse afflictions than flu simply putting up with the pain click more, continuing to write all those stupid emails until they are rendered totally incapacitated.
Now this draconian trend of punishing those unable to work is going one step further. There is no doubt that disability claimants have been in Iain Duncan Smith’s sights for a while now. The trouble was how to justify the cull. It’s not easy for a government to force someone with a serious illness back into an unforgiving labour market without looking, well, fairly sick in its own way.
It seems that the work and pensions secretary has apparently hit on the answer. Working can actually cure people of the serious afflictions that they erroneously thought exempted them from full-time employment. As he stated: “There is one area on which I believe we haven’t focused enough – how work is good for your health. Work can help keep people healthy as well as help promote recovery if someone falls ill. So, it is right that we look at how the system supports people who are sick and helps them into work.”
Micro-management, minimum wages and impossibly long hours can render even the most gratifying job a nightmare from hell
The announcement tries to dislodge the idea that mental and physical wellbeing are a prerequisite for gainful employment. Now it has been suggested that the opposite might be the case and that working might actually have recuperative effects. One is instantly reminded of the creepy “work makes you free” slogan used to motivate prisoners in an infamous chapter of 20th-century barbarism.
It is fairly easy to dismiss the notion that work might hold miraculous medicinal properties for those with long-term illnesses and disabilities. Let’s face it, that ideological justification for cutting the welfare bill would look weird to even the most pro-capitalist zealot.
Where the announcement is potentially dangerous is in the underlying message that nothing is broken within the employment sector in the UK. This message is aimed at a wider Authentic Prada Leather Handbags audience, those who are currently employed: work is fundamental to who you are and is the only source of fulfilment and wellbeing one can expect. It can even cure the sick. And for this reason, the real message is that work is beyond reproach. The aim is to make neoliberal capitalism look as if it were really some idyllic 1950s playground of wholesomeness.
But the evidence paints a very different picture. Not only do we work far too much, but it can also have a detrimental impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. Behind the shocking stories of overwork (such as the recent Bicester Village Prada Bag Price New York Times expose of white-collar employees at Amazon, where Authentic Prada Gauffre Bag some claimed they were hassled for not answering emails in the middle of the night) are those who have simply collapsed under the pressure.
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We used to believe that only people employed Authentic Prada Handbags Wholesale in dangerous manual jobs were in danger of being harmed in the workplace. But we are now discovering that the 24/7 work ethic promoted over the last 20 years in a range of occupations can be equally as fatal. It was difficult to see this before because the relationship is not obvious, but it seems that office work can kill.
The happiness economists get it wrong when they argue that working makes us happier and more optimistic. Work Authentic Prada Handbags Usa itself is not intrinsically bad for you, it’s the social conditions around it that are the problem. Micro-management, minimum wages and a Authentic Prada Bags Outlet Online life inundated by debt can render even the most gratifying job a nightmare from hell.
No wonder the latest movement in corporate social responsibility doesn’t focus on the typical themes such as fair trade or carbon emissions reduction. No, the new emphasis is on challenging the deeply entrenched assumption that work will save us, so the more the better. Now that ethic is beginning to hurt us, some firms like Uniqlo in Japan are experimenting with a much shorter working week. The idea that Duncan Smith is peddling is swiftly becoming obsolete.
It is worthwhile pausing to reflect on Bicester Village Prada Bag Price this point. Is the work and pensions secretary really trying to convince us that work will provide a cure for those who claim disability allowances? Perhaps. But there is also a wider message that ought to be rejected. Life on the increasingly unliveable “planet of work” is really hunky dory. So work until you drop.