Do you think that technological advances could ever bring an end to drudgery in the U.S.?

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The word "drudgery" implies physical, repetitive, non-challenging activity.  Technology can alleviate (and has alleviated) most of these types of efforts, but a work environment offering mental variety must come from management.  For workers to keep interested in a job, they must bring all of themselves to the workplace -- their creativity, their emotions, their sense of belonging to a larger effort, and their dignity.  "Work" as a human endeavor is getting further and further away from "survival effort"; its rewards are abstract--a salary, represented by a check, which is a piece of paper.  To avoid "drudgery," the manager must reconnect the work effort with the reason for working.  This is where "human resource management" could help technology at the workplace -- an anthropological  and psychological revamping of the worker- product of work relationship.  The happiest worker is the one who can say "I bring all of myself to work."

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