Commuting used to show that we had a place in a working economy. Presumably at the end of each drive was a destination where money was made. In my cubicle-bound life – at the very last, in my Bold and Innovative Open-Plan-Office life – the car in the parking lot was also hard evidence that I had a life outside those responsibilities and would escape to it at the end of the day, even if I took a laptop home with me.
Now I am home all the time. I can talk to my cat and to God, and through the phone and the computer screen I can talk to my coworkers and after them, really, to anyone in the world. I still have a job, although I will likely be the first let go since I was hired quite recently.
But that’s the wrong thing to say, isn’t it! Every pep talk, every instance of professional coaching, every goal you’ve ever set for yourself in your Annual Performance Review, says that all will be well if you add value. Yep! You can surmount the crashing and burning of the global economy if you make yourself indispensable, distinguishing yourself from the herd of mediocrities with whom you rub elbows every day. That’s what they are, right, all those people who work just as hard as you do, people you like, enjoy, and respect. You’re supposed to remember at all times that you of course should, must, will, eclipse them. It’s on you not to get laid off. If you do lose your job, well, you obviously didn’t try hard enough.
Do you believe it?
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