Discuss the importance of the internet at workplace. Does it contribute to overall productivity? what kind of advantage and disadvantage of having internet access at workplace.
The obvious disadvantage concerns workers who use the Internet for personal use during work hours. I know many people who are so addicted to Facebook that they can't resist going to the website when they are supposed to be working. Many workers email friends during company time, and I have heard many complaints about people who literally spend hours each day while on the clock surfing the 'Net and emailing. It creates an unproductive work environment and limits the amount of work completed during the day.
Here is a link to an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal in which the author summarizes a recent scientific study showing that workers who are able to take a break to surf the Internet at work may be more productive than those who can't.
I think that people are people; those who are dedicated to doing their job will get it done, while those who are not will always find some way to not do their work. The Internet is certainly a great distractor, but long before it existed there were employees who didn't pull their weight, and I think that will always be true. The Internet is just a tool -you can use it well or unwisely.
As has already been mentioned, it really depends upon what one's "business" is. I would not want a bus driver checking his e-mail or last night's sport's scores while working. In another setting, checking one's e-mail might be vital to moving forward with a project or assignment. In general, the internet has become a ubiquitous presence in nearly every work environment in some form or fashion.
If your job requires to to do research and access the Internet, you should be trusted to monitor your own activity and time. If you waste it or abuse it, well, you suffer the consequences. However, if your job has no need of the Internet, you shouldn't have unrestricted access to it; there's just too much scope to waste time.
As an educator, I highly value having Internet availability at work. I am able to research background for authors I am teaching. I can search for literary criticism, lesson plan ideas, and practice work for grammar instruction. There are educational streaming video sites on all of kinds of topics that enhance the book and my lectures on a variety of topics. I am old enough to remember having only books as resources, and can't imagine going back! I like that I am able to maximize my preparation periods doing things on the Internet so that I can focus on other tasks when I am home with my family.
In trying to answer this question, much depends on the kind of work a person does. If the work involves producing the maximum number of widgets per hour, having access to the Internet would probably take away from productivity. If the work involves any kind of creative thought, having access to the Internet could boost productivity, especially if the person using the Internet is sufficiently disciplined. As usual, then, it's difficult to answer a question without knowing the precise situation imagined.
It's not just social lives that diminish productivity at work. It's the fact that you could be looking at the news or finding out about who is winning the soccer game. There are so many things more interesting than work and all are available to you on the internet.
But the internet is necessary for so many jobs today that there is no way to ban the use of it. Firms must have guidelines for what is acceptable and try to enforce them in sensible ways.
I think there are two sides to this question. On the one hand, having internet access gives employees the opportunity to fritter away yet more precious time on sites such as facebook. However, on the other hand, it does allow staff to access the net and its incredible power as a resource to help them. Every organisation that does give its staff internet access should have a system of monitoring that usage and the kind of sites that are accessed, so staff should be aware of the potential pitfalls of continuing their social life virtually whilst at work.
Depending on the nature of the job, the internet would or would not be a necessity.
However, I believe that a majority of workplaces right now definitely need it because we are now on globalization and we need the internet for better communitcation and collaboration.
Take for instance our company. We have a number of employees from different parts of the world. Our documents are stored online for safe backup. We have processes that require the use of the internet like maintaing websites. That makes the internet a necessity for us.
However, we cannot deny the fact that it could also hinder productivity. We just use a software for time tracking to prevent this and still maintain the organization, efficiency and productivity of everyone.
That works for us.