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