The dreariness of the modern workplace

The real issue is not whether baking biscuits is meaningful, but the extent to which the activity can seem so after it has been continuously stretched and subdivided across five thousand lives and half a dozen different manufacturing sites. An endeavor endowed with meaning may appear meaningful only when it proceeds briskly in the hands of a restricted number of actors and therefore where particular workers can make an imaginative connection between what they have done with their working days and their impact upon others.

http://aworkinglibrary.com/library/archives/biscuit_making/

An interesting point here is that when work is sub-divided into several tiny pieces and each of the tiny activities is repeated ad nauseum by a single worker the workplace only creates sorrow,not joy for the worker. Here we are looking for maximizing productivity with a view to maximizing profits but we are ignoring the need for improving the quality of life for the worker.

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