The Workaday World

Series offering a timely reassessment of our working lives.

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01 OF 4Labour For Labour's Sake Is Against Nature20050607

The political philosopher John Locke's verdict on work finds an echo 400 years on in the thinking of another Oxford academic, Theodore Zeldin.

He wants work

abolished! In this programme, former union boss Bill Morris examines how the world of work has evolved in his lifetime and asks whether we live to work or work to live.

With the experiences of workers from across the employment spectrum and analysis and comment from, among others, Will Hutton of the Work Foundation, philosopher Alain De Botton and author Charles Handy

0220050614

Bill Morris considers the overwork culture that's arrived in place of the long-promised Age of Leisure and asks why it seems we're working longer hours and more intensely.

And what's been the impact of new technology, outsourcing, the fragmentation of organisations and the development of new management practices in what's now

called Human Resources?

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The burdens of modern working life are felt differently by each of us.

Bill Morris examines the impact of a culture of targets and monitoring, the rise in cases of stress and the sickie, the ever-present fear of redundancy and the challenge of juggling a job with childcare, and he focuses on a recent industrial phenomenon, the Call Centre.

With contributions from the first female waterman on the River Thames, a postal worker and a corporate lawyer and expert comment from Juliet Webster, Richard Sennett of the LONDON School of Economics, Michael White of the Policy Studies Institute and Phil Taylor of Stirling University.

04 LAST20050628

Bill Morris asks why were so intrigued by what it is people do for a living and explores the connections between what we do, how we identify ourselves and the sense of meaning that work can give.

Philosopher Alain De Botton, Will Hutton of the Work Foundation, the artist Cornelia Parker, psychologist Barry Rogers and Curate Ann Williamson are among those reflecting on what distinguishes a job from a vocation from a calling, while curator Andrew Loukes describes Ford Madox Brown's famous painting of the Victorian work ethic in action within a purposeful, dignified, balanced society, Work.