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the deroutinisation of work

What other practices are there which should be added to this list? From The Pathology of Communicative Capitalism by David Hill, loc 877:

For example, ‘alternative officing’, the business practice of having workers frequently change the location they occupy, is designed to add spontaneity to the work day in order to facilitate creative new collaborations. This incorporates strategies such as ‘remote working’; ‘hot desking’, where there are more employees than desks such that workspaces are shared asynchronously; ‘hoteling’, where workspace is on demand or just in time; or ‘activity-based working’, where there is no set workplace and the site of employment is determined according to the kind of work that needs to take place (see Humphry 2014: 359–60) – all of which reduce costs for the business, but increase the social cost to the employees. No longer is there a community of workers who share a common purpose, a site of labour, and a work temporality. Workers become isolated, no longer together but alone in cubicles, forced to wait for a colleague to finish before being able to occupy a desk or with no fixed work environment at all, and constrained into shallow team-working with an ever-changing cast of temporary colleagues. Work, then, becomes less predictable and more uncertain. Workers are deprived of the security of their surrounding social and material environments of action even though shared space is necessary to ground solidarity and worker autonomy.

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