How technology has helped people work.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all had to stay at home for 3 months in lockdown, and people were advised to work from home. Technology has played a big part in helping people to do this. In this post, I will be talking about the advantages and disadvatages of using technology working from home.

Advantages

Virtual calls and meetings are things that have been occuring a lot during lockdown, but how can technology help? Well, lots of adults will have had to go to meetings to talk with their colleagues, and, because they were not allowed to meet up at offices, they had to virtually call. This, I think, is good because you can still get that feel of interacting with others even though you are not working at the office. It is a common assumption that employees working from home will result in decreased productivity, but surprisingly, lots of people think that working from home is great, one of reasons being is that they don't have to commute to get to the office, so they start work earlier. They will need technology to help them. You can connect to anyone anywhere around the world that has internet connection. Even leaders, like Boris Johnson, have been using technology to get messages out. In his press conferences, he answered questions from journalists virtually, but normally journalists have to sit in front of the Prime Minister. Even the Queen, aged 94, used Zoom!

Disadvantages

There are a few disadvantages to using technology at home. One of these is that you may not have any internet connection, or you have technical issues, which could result in your call buffering and therefore you may not hear what everyone in your call is saying. In rural areas, internet connection is especially poor so they can't really work from home. Also, you could be participting in a really important meeting when your connection goes down, so you will not be able to speak and share your views with your fellow colleagues.

What do you think about using technology at home? Do you think it is good? How might people be at a disadvantage if they do not have this technology? Feel free to type you opinions below.

Thanks for reading,

eager_reflection

Comments (7)

  • 327379P_LThumb.jpg EXPERT: Charlie Dyos Hunter Communications Analyst @ Bank of England
    02 Nov 2020

    Hi eager_reflection, these are some excellent points! Having worked from home for a majority of this year myself, you have certainly captured some of the benefits and problems with technology. While virtual meetings are easy to join and can get people from all over the world to join, it does sometimes feel like you are missing out on direct contact with your colleagues.

    Regarding the issues with technology you have pointed to, do you think this is something that employees should supported with? Do you think the employers should help with these problems, or is it a matter for the Government?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg good_raisin | Streatham Wells Primary School
    05 Nov 2020

    I agree , technology has been a huge part of the Covid-19 pandemic! We have used technology for education at home and has been a very big help , without our laptops , computer , phones e.g , we wouldn't be able to continue working and or learning. The disadvantage without technology is staying at the same level , and by that I mean not growing out our brains and not getting greater at things we want to get better at. If we want to keep on going on the right path to become a strong intelligent person , we have to keep on doing the things we love and never give up. If you want to be a story writer than keep on reading and learn more vocabulary. But that can be done without Google , if you discover a new word and your parents , friends or siblings don't know , that is where technology comes in if you don't have a dictionary. Without technology , we wouldn't be able to keep up with education. If we were supposed to learn about a new topic then we wouldn't be able to, but we could Google things about that topic but we won't think about the deep questions the teachers give us on our work so we could go deeper into the topic and know why they did that or something else. It would unlock a new achievement in our brains! Technology is a very big part of our life. But we have to use for a good reason or it will do nothing to us.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      good_raisin's comment 05 Nov 2020

      I'm interested by your statement: "Without technology , we wouldn't be able to keep up with education. If we were supposed to learn about a new topic then we wouldn't be able to." Can learning happen about a topic without technology and would it be a different kind of learning?

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  • brave_wilddog | Whyteleafe School D
    06 Nov 2020

    I agree technology throughout lockdown has really helped everyone learn as without it we wouldn't be able to learn and do the online lessons

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  • brave_wilddog | Whyteleafe School D
    06 Nov 2020

    Aswell, without technology we could not get in touch with friends or family

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  • Beverley-St-Nicholas-logo-250x250.jpg enlightened_iceberg | Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
    07 Nov 2020

    I think technology has helped a lot with work especially with the virus because you can not go see people to work with them .

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