I think it would require a radical reimagining of how we work and what it means to work. My perception of people differs from that of western culture, probably eastern culture too, but I’m not terribly familiar so I cannot be certain.
The question I posed hits hard, I think, at the authoritarian work ethos, but I don’t actually see a lack of motivation to work as an issue. A couple people here mentioned that they love their jobs and that’s something I can work with, something I can speak to because, while I don’t myself have a job, I do work and I love what I do.
I love programming and I love modelling. I do these things as much as possible. Back when I had access to an outlet, I only have access to portable solar power now, I would program and model for hours on end day and night. This was because I wanted to. There was no promise of reward, I just loved doing it.
So, what if everybody felt the same way about their jobs? Before you get all who’s gonnna clean the toilet on me just listen for a moment. I’m not saying coordinating efforts wouldn’t be an issue, but I wouldn’t see it as being any more of a problem than it is today.
Let’s say you had 300 engineers working on a new rocket engine. Each one or small group working on aspects of the engine that depend on work other people and groups of people are doing so it behooves the project that people show up and work at reasonably similar points in time, say 8am or so. The reason this isn’t such a big problem is that all 300 of the engineers want to see this bird fly! They love what they’re doing and they can’t wait to wake up, grab a cup of coffee and tackle the next big problem.
Okay well not everybody loves making rocket engines and even if they did most people aren’t well equipped for that sort of task right?
Lucky for us there’s a wide variety of personalities and interests out there. I had a friend years back who loved landscaping. That’s right mowing lawns and planting flowers. The man had a tattoo of a John Deer tractor on his leg! To those of us who aren’t much for manual labor it seems so unlikely thay anyone would actually want to do it, but I can assure you these people exist.
There’s no need to interview, there’s no need for aptitude tests. People will naturally gravitate to that which interests them and their natural affinity for it makes them the perfect candidate for the job.
You don’t “put in hours” any more than you clock in for a round of Halo with friends.
I will consider ways to rephrase this. I must say though, in my experience I’d be hard pressed to say anything at all without offending someone.