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3 Reasons why 2008 will be the year of the web worker

by Celine on December 14th, 2007

Before 2007 ends, Web Worker Daily asks us to finish this sentence: “2008 will be the Year of the Web Worker because…” While I may be writing this post as an attempt to join the contest to win a Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop 7000, it’s a writing challenge that interests me, because I mainly talk about life in the corporate cubicle.  However, there are just some things about cubicle life that make people want to migrate to working via the web.

So, without further ado, 2008 will be the Year of the Web Worker because…

Sitting in a cubicle all day while getting repetitive strain injury feels less attractive when we see people like John Chow making tens of thousands of dollars via his blog.  Making money online is really attractive when you see other people doing it for real, whether it’s through selling ad space on their website or providing freelance services.  If you’re not happy with cubicle life, watching the success of these people just makes you want to work from home entirely or augment your income with some online earnings.

Working on the web may have online office politics, but at least your computer has an “off” switch.  Office politics does have its online versions.  You could be patronized by a smart alecky client.  Or, your online colleagues are instant messaging behind your back about how you aren’t pulling your own weight for a project.  It’s a lot easier to avoid all the politics online because you can easily amuse yourself with the “Stumble!” button, go look at another job via LinkedIn, or turn off the computer altogether.  On the other hand, gossip near the water cooler is hard to avoid, especially since you’re forced to see annoying colleagues every day of the workweek.

You can work in your pajamas.  In fact, you can even work without any pajamas at all - just don’t tell anyone.  The point is, the superficial corporate attire won’t be a factor in how you’re perceived in the online workplace.  This means that employees no longer have to spend on office clothing, and instead of being judged via their physical appearance, they will be judged based on how professional they appear to be on the internet.

How about you?  Do you have any ideas to add on why 2008 will be the year of the web worker?

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