Our workplaces vary from the head office of a billion-dollar corporation to our back garden, depending on the work we’re doing and who’s employing us.
Workplaces have changed massively over time with technology, politics, and social values all having an impact on how they run. Some have become more and more hierarchical and disconnected as they grow into global multinationals; others have become completely horizontal, with everyone having an equal say in the future of the organisation. Not only do the people running workplaces have the power to determine what the work environment for their employees will look like; they can create and cut jobs, borrow money and interact with the financial market, and buy and sell products and services from other workplaces.
To get a full picture of how the economy works, we need to explore the effect of our workplaces on the economy at large, as well as their effect on us.