Shirking from home?

Shirking from home?

Shirking from home?


It’s definitely no secret that for most of us, our work lives have changed  dramatically in 2020. This might be due to massive changes in your industry (or in the case of my profession, teaching English in Australia, pretty much the DISAPPEARANCE of an industry!) or just changes to how things are done day to day. 

Many people are working from home if possible, and this is likely to be a fairly permanent change as companies realise how much money can be saved by their workers going remote. There’s a lot of food for thought here, and we are all likely to be affected in some way.

This week’s lesson is based on an article by The Guardian’s Observer magazine, entitled Shirking from home? Staff feel the heat as bosses ramp up remote surveillance’. This is a play on words. ‘To shirk’ basically means to waste your time and avoid your responsibilities. It rhymes with ‘work’. The article is about employers’ concerns that workers are shirking, rather than working, when they go remote. I hope you find this topic interesting.

Look, I know none of you would ever shirk instead of work (ha ha ha). Nonetheless, this massive shift in our working lives does raise some interesting ethical questions that we all ought to consider. I hope this lesson is thought-provoking, and I’d love to get your take on the issues raised.

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