Ever been out with a friend and instead of them paying attention to you they are doing something on their phones? RUDE! Or maybe you are the one who has ignored a friend in the past, we’ve all done it. That’s because our presence is now everywhere, you may physically be standing in a room with your friends but as soon as you access Facebook or emails on your phone you are elsewhere. In Gregg’s ‘Function creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workplace’, he coins this as the term “presence bleed”.
What does this mean for workplaces today? Employees are expected to put in time for their work outside of the office. The usual agenda for a modern worker would be to check and answer emails before work or perhaps even just before you go to bed. Work no longer stays at work it comes into your house; the lines between work and home have become increasingly blurred. Flexible has a whole new meaning now; even if an employer is on vacation they could still be contacted for work related matters, because well the internet is global so why not?
I was recently overseas, on the other side of this planet but still almost every day I would keep in contact with my mum through viber, just to let her know I was alive. It’s a scary thought that there is no real escape from communication at home (I love you mum), or work we are still always connected to one another and in an instant your presence changes to another location.