Sugumar Sivagnanam 233722 Sec. C
Dominic Lozada 228223 Sec. B
Mike McDonald Sec. C
Individuals tend to develop a false sense of security concerning the
certainty of their jobs. After working for an organization for fifteen or more
years, it is difficult for them to understand that their employers may no longer
need their service. Jeremy Rifkin wrote The End of Work in order to warn people
about what he foresees may be happening to the global labour force because of a
rapid increase in the use of automation in the workplace. He identifies what he
believes are causes of the problems which we are currently facing within the
organizational structure along with some potential solutions. Rifkin's ideas
may be relevant to most peoples lives including ours. The reactions of six
currently employed persons to Rifkin's message will be included in this text.
These professionals include a technical manager, a convenience store owner, a
cashier for Marriot food services, a Residence-Life Staff Coordinator, a Part-
Time Credit Card Service Assistant and an Assembler for an Electrical Switch-
Gear Manufacturing Company.
Rifkin observes that the main problem of mass global employment in both
the private and public sectors is caused by the continuing advances in
technology and it's impacts on organizations, it's structure and design and it's
direct effect on the global labour force. In particular, organizations are
using the concept of re-engineering and replacing human labour with labour
saving technologies. Rifkin gives us a better understanding of the development
of the cause of this problem by examining the three industrial revolutions. In
the first industrial revolution, Rifkin identifies steam power as the major tool
used by industrial and manufacturing sectors. In the second industrial
revolutions the... [continues]
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