Twitter: forever smartworking (but at what price?)
The thought that some of the realities we are experiencing are not simply transitory is slowly taking the form of certainty. One of these new safety measures seems to be be the reality of smartworking which, from urgency, could become the standard of many workers. Twitter proves that it has decided to offer all its employees the possibility of never returning to the offices and working forever from home.
A policy that has also been followed by other big names like Facebook and Google who have already declared all events “in person” of their respective companies as canceled and postponed. A choice, that of working forever from home, which however could have enormous social and health costs that would fall, in large part, on workers and society. First of all because work in Silicon Valley, even if only for mere image issues, is very different from that in any Italian company. Brands such as Twitter, Google and Facebook had transformed their respective offices into real wellness cathedrals, with leisure areas, offices designed around man, healthy snacks and a whole series of “good practices” devoted to sustainable productivity. Especially since the pressures, in companies of this size, we are sure they are not lacking.
All these “bearings”, in smartworking, are clearly less: although replaced by any economic bonuses or by greater flexibility in working hours rather than an increase in days off, work in smartworking is and remains perpetually overwhelming towards one’s private life generating a mental load that risks being truly dangerous for the health of the worker.
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Not only that: “smartworking” could bring to the knees the entire economic system that was based on the super employees with the Silicon Valley super salaries. A city like San Francisco, for example, with its unsustainable lifestyle (it’s not uncommon to see salads for $ 20, not to mention rents and health insurance) literally risks collapsing from the diaspora of its main ones taxpayers. And the San Francisco problem is just one of the many “issues” generated by the social imbalances created by the rapid and swirling rise of the US New Economy.
At this point all that remains is to understand what the future moves of these great giants will be: that there is also a dematerialisation of desks?