Answer: Work has become less physically demanding -
particularly for blue collar workers- but increasingly technologically
demanding, i.e. the car industry and the introduction of robots
- these can work for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a
year. This involves major changes in work methodology by the
At management level the computer has replaced the secretary
for many lower and middle managers. Lap top computers, fax machines,
mobile phones etc mean that a great deal of work can and does
take place at home, on top of the working day. Management styles
have had to change in the technological
environment, i.e. managers may use email to communicate with
staff leading to loss of personal contact. Lack of social contact
- everyone in their own little world behind their PC.
Speed of working - with the introduction of emails, faxes
etc deadlines have become even tighter and more demanding.- instant
response in some cases.
When any of these don't function this contributes to major increased
stress - trust us we know!!
Fear - people fear the introduction of technology, i.e. changes
in work patterns.
Worry, will they be able to cope with the new technology?
Will they lose their jobs?
Boredom - while jobs may be physically demanding they may have
become increasingly repetitive, e.g. supermarket check out staff
passing items over a bar code reader all day.