The new game in professional life could be no game. In The Atlantic, Derek Thompson predicts a world without work. The norm will be not going to work.
Already that could be happening. Participation in the U.S. workforce is at the lowest it has been since 1977: 62.2%. More and more are defaulting into "guaranteed income," ranging from disability payments to taking Social Security early.
All this could mean that words and phrases embedded in Americana since the Puritans will disappear. And, given how the Protestant Ethic dominated our values, that means the death of a big chunk of language.
No longer will parents, teachers and mentors be telling the next generation to "work hard."
We won't be saying to those we live with, "Bye, I have to go to work now" or "We will do that after work."
There will be no more "benefits" because there will be no more jobs. Whole industries such as "headhunters" will be wiped out.
We Baby Boomers might be the last generation which spent our lives working and is holding on to remaining in the workforce. That value might not even register on the radar on Generation Z.