Research says more and more business training and business meeting taking place online. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Under the influence of the advanced technology, especially, internet has changed our lifestyle into virtual one. Online communication tends to expand the significance among many walks of life, and even companies regard it as a major method in training and meeting, which can be beneficial, if telecommunication is put to good use.
At first glance, telecommuting is very attractive. Conducting online business could relieve employees of exhausting commute to workplaces at rush hours, and allowed to arrange their time at their convenience, thereby making work/life balance achievable. Another obvious benefit of saving more time is that the employers can increase the efficiency of cultivating freshmen by inputting more trainings in a flexible time and place, as long as teleworking is accepted by the mass. On top of the increasing flexibility, all those involved in this fashion of work benefit in financial terms. Travel fare, fuel, parking, formal clothes are excluded and less expense occurs in office, such as buildings, bills, facilities, incidental cost and so on.
However, distance workers’ performance cannot be supervised, due to the lack of face to face interactions, in particular, for those who have a low level of self-discipline. Even though teleworkers do talk to their boss, coworkers or teachers, they achieve this on the phone or on the computer. Such way of interaction eliminates most of non-word information, such as body gesture, facial expression and eye contact, directly leading to poor cooperation, industrial relation or learning outcome.
In conclusion, employees working may gain more flexibility by internet, but whether this fashion functions well depends on the worker and the type of his or her job. If the worker can tune in well and the job can be accomplished individually, or the learners are mature and self-motivated enough, then telework may be an optimal option. Otherwise, it should not be encouraged.