Sunday, September 20, 2015

NYTimes columnist slams "toxic work world" as suitable only for those without families

Take a look at this op-ed in the New York Times Sunday morning, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, “A Toxic Work World”, link here.  Note the sentence at the beginning that the modern competitive workplace works only for those young, healthy and wealthy enough “not to have to care for family members.”  That could be read as, the deliberately childless, except that with an aging population, the demand to care for parents can now ambush anyone.

But it’s also true that back in the 1980s, in the narrower mainframe culture, programmers were typically absolutely responsible for their own work and nothing else.  They were always on call for just their work. In the 90s that tended to change, as systems became more automatically interconnected.

But read he columnist’s analysis and suggestions.   She points out the that workplace even three decades ago had evolved out of a world of one-earner families (husbands).  That had changed by the late 70s, but the workplace was slow to catch up.

Update: Sept. 27

Readers's letters are here

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