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internet access at workplace 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.

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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.

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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...

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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.