A new environment for the new worker: the smoke-free pub!

“…where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes…and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.” (Marx)

With the banishing of tobacco from pubs in England, a new era of the mobile worker has emerged! And why not? English pubs are the kind of organic environment that we should be working in as humans. A collection of drinks (I usually alter between coffee and tap water: pretty cheap for a wireless connection, of which there are three pubs in our area whom offer free WiFi). Let alone, the other small nuances of the pub that make it so endearing: the pub dog, the eclectic -commercial free- music, the friendly bar-keep, the snacks, the hustle and bustle of people doing things <- all great for getting you through the post-lunch afternoon snoozies. And an ideal place to have meetings! Perhaps we will see a renaissance in the taverne/cafe culture of the 16th/17th century where people gathered to discuss intellectual ideas!

David working at the pub

It all goes towards the larger theme of the “trans-executive” where work and social living are not clear cut lines of “9-to-5”. Rather you do a little work, you do a little business, you do a little laughing, you do a little dealing, you do a little R&D, you do a little working-out (see Marx quote above). The real point is that you are accomplishing goals and milestones in your work and personal life (which makes you feel good about yourself from the days start to the days finish in the full circle of your daily life). Of course this is assuming you like your job, which is becoming more common (thanks to some of our more free thinking baby-boomer parents who encouraged us: “to do what you love” <- thanks mom and dad for not making me become a lawyer!). And support your local pub (that has free WiFi)!

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~ by dfflanders on July 9, 2007.

2 Responses to “A new environment for the new worker: the smoke-free pub!”

  1. Absolutely – I second this post! I say web workers and learners of the world, liberate yourselves from the office, go socialise and learn at the same time.
    Seriously, it seems our working and learning styles now are entirely reminiscent of cafehaus culture – constant stimulation (sounds, movement, caffeine?), group work and discussion, multi-tasking, etc. Maybe we’ve packaged work and learning up too tightly in formal structures and that’s breaking down, aided and abetted by the mobile office.

  2. Well said Kara!

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