Trudi Makhaya Columnist

Technology, millennial tendencies, new business models and globalisation are changing the way we work. The very nature of work is under scrutiny. What are the contours of formal work: a pension? Regular hours? A written contract? A boss? A desk of one’s own? The forces shaping work are contradictory. There is freedom that comes with being a partner or member, rather than an employee. The appeal of entrepreneurship and independence has spawned a lifestyle of (mostly men) who dress like "urban poets" and do not have to conform to the strictures of office life. The scenes of The Office or the frames of Dilbert no longer speak to the reality of many adults in major cities across the world. However, this footloose "worker" has also lost stable benefits, a predictable career trajectory and a sense of community. These shifts in the way we work express themselves in the spaces and communities where we spend our days. Gone is the quadrilateral office with a door that I got for my first job. ...

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