Presentation on theme: "Soc 311 Sociology of Work. Why Do People Work? What benefits do they receive by working? What costs do they incur? Why do some people work while others."— Presentation transcript:
Why Do People Work? What benefits do they receive by working? What costs do they incur? Why do some people work while others dont?
How Do People Feel About Their Work and Why? Disenchantment with Work is Growing. What Can be Done About It? Employers Spying on Staff: Big Brother Bosses – More Than Ever, Companies Want to Know What Their Employees Are Up To!
Course Requirements Read syllabus for next time Examine course home page for next time Well discuss requirements in greater detail and examine what options students have Note attendance and tardiness policies
Administrative Where are we in the reading? Make sure you are keeping up! Journals Assignment described on home page including schedule Begin September 20 Scholars of Sociology Questions?
Administrative Attendance – most off to good start but a few are not Those who added late have already missed their allotment of classes Cell phone policy
Review – Office Space What does this movie have to say about work in the modern age? Sources of authority at work? Social structure at work? Norms at work? Similarity and Differences between the software firm and the restaurant?
Next Time Make sure you have completed the reading for the introductory section Well talk about the critique assignments Come prepared to talk about your work experience and prepared to compare to the work experiences of those you read about in the Terkel book
Administrative Reading for next time – Jacoby Critiques What are they? When due? See syllabus What am I looking for? Dont choose the shortest readings! Not enough material and makes for poor critiques if they are only a couple of pages long Greater detail on course home page under assignments link
Terkel – Working Who likes their job the most? What do they like about it? Who likes their job the least? What do they dislike about it?
Your Work Experience Most recent job youve had or the job you did the longest? What was it? What was the best part? What was the worst part? Would you be willing to do it again? Would you be willing to do it for your career?
William Faulkner "You can't eat for eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours a day - all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy"
Frederick Harbison "The industrial worker, for the most part, works harder than he likes, at tasks which are frequently arduous, usually monotonous, and sometimes dangerous. On the job, he is nearly always subject to the direction of higher authority. His income is seldom sufficient to cover what he thinks his needs demand. The natural state of the industrial worker, therefore, is one of discontent."