I wish you free time but work!
We would like to invite you to participate in our inquiry into “The Structural Creation of Free Time during at Work”.
Free time is generally considered in a positive light, but nevertheless is a counterpart to work in that it involves actions that inevitably have to reproduce it. At the same time, it conjures up visions of self-determination. Over the past few years, formal discussions about work and labour have brought to the fore the threat of the borders between work and free time becoming increasingly vaguer, in that free time would be encroaching on work time. This obviously is not restricted to classical work situations, but also involves the unemployed, people who work at home, are self-employed, or unpaid.
We would like you to join an experiment based on a double premise:
- Life is centred around work and this is undesirable.
- If work cannot be dispensed with, at least free time should be retained and developed. This logically leads to the following question: How can free time be incorporated in work?
This is not a project that has to be invented from scratch, as work has always implied workers who have done their best to integrate as much free time into their work situation as possible. You must have tried this yourself, for sure.
We would like you to share your strategies about the structural creation of free time during working hours with us (and others) by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, 23 October 2008.
Considering a few short questions might help you to do this. What are my work circumstances like? Do I have to take precautions so as to create free time unhindered? Do I actually have to simulate work in order to create free time during working hours? What does my creation of free time during working hours actually involve?
This Friday, we will be presenting your strategies and ways to create free time, as well as the circumstances required to do so. This will provide an opportunity for others to profit from your experience and improve their own strategies to create free time during work. The results of our study will be discreetly presented during a party at HOTELbich in Brussels on Friday, 24 October 2008 at 10.05 pm, to which you are cordially invited. If required, full anonymity will be assured.
Please feel free to circulate this e-mail. You may even know someone who has become a specialist in the field.