New article by Ivan Manokha explores impact of remote working

30 December, 2020

A new article by Ivan Manokha examines the impact of teleworking and suggests it is accelerating the movement towards 24/7 work and the blurring of boundaries between work and private lives.

The lockdowns imposed by most governments during the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in an unprecedented increase in teleworking. This spike in remote work has generally been greeted with enthusiasm by both academic and non-academic commentators and there is now a widely shared view that employers should be encouraged to retain and enhance the teleworking arrangements in the post-pandemic period.

This paper examines the spread and normalisation of telework during the pandemic with reference to the growth of the 24/7 work culture and the blurring of boundaries between work and private lives that have been developing in the last two decades or so.

It is argued that the rise in remote work during the crisis is contributing to the movement towards 24/7 work and to the collapse of the boundary between professional and private life, particularly as a result of remote employee surveillance that comes with telework. It also results in a new form of alienation – the alienation of workers from their private homes.

Ivan Manokha (2020) 'Covid-19: Teleworking, Surveillance and 24/7 Work. Some Reflexions on the Expected Growth of Remote Work After the Pandemic', Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), DOI: 10.1163/25903276-BJA10009