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Imagine if train stations were shopping centres, offices and
residential tall buildings all rolled into one. I call them work
Free flowing works means this:
Imagine there was a company, WorkExcelsior that offers job
interviews as a service, you get approved by this interview
you can get a job at any of the companies that use
Once vetted by WorkExcelsior, I can get a job by looking at the
window of a shop to see if they accept this accreditation. I
have to pass a job interview. I can apply by app and get a job in
Then I can go to work at my local train station. If my company
doesn't have offices at the local train station, I can jump on the
WorkExcelsior train and be taken to a nearby city with offices
my company. Accreditation companies take the place of
recruiters and premium accreditation companies are actually in
demand. They sponsor commuting costs, as you get buses,
trains, taxis branded with each accreditation company.
||// Be fully commoditized//
||What's wrong with recruitment being fully commoditized?
||I have no idea why you're bringing transportation up, it doesn't relate to the idea at all.
||It's part of the universe that this idea operates in. Branded
trains, buses, cars of the company you're accredited by.
||WINBI job-searching was as easy as shopping in a
store, a "job
station" where jobs are plentiful and good.
||WorkExcelsior brand WorkNuggets are single serve
Everyone is qualified for life-time employment at the
||What of work history? What of personality and
connection, that esprit-de-corps that winds the
wheels of white-collar
work? What, dare I say it, of hygeine?
||In the modern economy, jobs tend to pay just
enough for people to
show up to work most of the time, and there are just
available to avoid rioting.
||This idea is partially baked: by "recruiters", who
typically charge one to
three month's salary to the company for each
successful hire, or by
"staffing agencies" who pay temp workers ~2/3 of
what the agency
sells their time for. The WorkExcelsior agency, to
offer guaranteed and
instant employment, surely pays no more than 1/2
of what a free
agent employee could negotiate for on the open
market, once vetted
through typical interviewing and references. And I
for one don't want
to be underpaid for my work.
||The "travel" component is very "cyberpunk", a world
where everyone must live within a corporate-
branded caste system where one's access to
infrastructure (trains, housing, shops, etc.) is
determined by one's affiliation with (and usefulness
to) a megacorporation. As written, this idea paints a
very 1950s sci-fi picture, where jobs are plentiful and
the State is benevolent. That's a nice, optimistic
fantasy, in contrast to the world of "shadowrun" or
||It's supposed to be optimistic and futuristic attitude to work
and the gig economy but redefined to benefit individuals who
choose corporate benefits.
||// What of work history? What of personality and human
face-to-face connection, that esprit-de-corps that winds the
wheels of white-collar work? What, dare I say it, of hygeine?
||Work history and pay would be handled by the application on
your phone. You get reviewed by the previous work place
employers and by customers.