Social Problems; Sociology of the Workplace

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Full name SOC-220 Social Problems October 21, 2011 Instructor name Sociology of the Workplace We might have been equal around 200B.C. but those days are over. Political control, unequal income and unequal status changed the way American families had to break away for economic independency due to the massive industrialization. Jobs and careers are a core value in American society (Macionis 2008). Two revolutions, Industrial and Information, changed the workplace for most Americans, creating a new status quo for them and their families. With the new modern economy, the quality of life can only be improved. Structural-functional, social conflict, and symbolic interaction are the three major approaches in sociology that guides thinking…show more content…
I have seen in the retail business that the managers don’t have to leave the stores anymore to attend a meeting. They simply now have to make a phone call, enter a code, and they are in a “conference call” allowing them to still manage their stores. There are telecommunicating jobs that now allow workers to stay at home and earn income. The social ramifications to this new way of work have changed people for the good and some for the bad. While moms can now stay at home with their children while working and earning income; this saves them the expenses from traveling. The negative impact on this is that stay-home-jobs isolate the person from the outside world that they once had. It is harder to get a promotion and adds to the gender inequality in the workplace (Macionis, 2008). I just purchased a home and never saw my loan officer; she worked out of California from her office and home. I liked the convenience of the process because I was able to retrieve my emails from her and resend them on my free time. The personal contact has diminished, resulting in some sort of isolation. Society is created by ongoing social conflict between the more powerful groups who exploit groups with lesser power. There was a fine line between work and home which now has been blurred from the stay-home-jobs (Macionis, 2008). The pressure of work that used to just fill the office now is taken home, so where do you find the balance again for this new
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