Living and working in the new economy
Living and working in the new economy

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Living and working in the new economy

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Question 1

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Work changes us as people

The workplace of people in professional, managerial and administrative jobs is being transformed. The routines of the traditional office are being replaced by working on the move, working at home and working in a new type of office.

These changes have profound implications for skills, managerial strategies and team working. They are changing the kind of people we are.

Work is now done electronically using mobile phones, email, laptops, PCs and similar devices. As long as we are in touch with the ‘electronic envelope’ we can work anywhere and at any time.

Although these developments may bring benefits, they also pose challenges.

Nick Jewson (Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester), The Sunday Times (Appointments)

Question 2

Using evidence from the above extract, make notes concerning the nature of the changes brought about by the ‘new economy’. To what extent is it true to say that the benefits are largely economic, while the challenges are largely social?

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