Technology assists us in to accomplish many tasks at work more efficiently thus allowing employees to work smarter rather than harder. However, digital tools can either increase or decrease the quality of work and productivity depending on the user (Green & Singleton, 2013). In addition, digital tools are helping to improve learning through better communication and innovative instruction strategies. However, some aspects of digital technology such as social media and mobile applications can acts as a distraction at work or at school (Lee, 2001). In this regard, this essay evaluates whether digital technology will make us more productive at work or school in general.
Digital technology improves effectiveness of communication and instruction strategies at school and at work. Digital tools such as video conferencing, e-mail, chats or WhatsApp enable real time communication with any one regardless of their locations (Green & Singleton, 2013). Irrespective of time zones and locations, digital tools have made it possible for people to continue working on work or school projects even when they are not at school locations. For example, a marketer can collect and analyse market data when at the field and e-mail it to the marketing manager at the company office for use in decision making. In addition, a student can now research on their assignments on online libraries at home without having to go to a physical library. In this case, technology has made employees and learning strategies even more productive (Lee, 2001). Most of the technologies are also user friendly thus can be used by any team or employee at the organisation to address arising problems immediately. For instance, video or teleconferencing allows for staff meetings to be conducted immediately even when some members of staff are not at the office during the time thus cutting the time taken in decision making.
Digital tools can help organisations to generate more revenues and become more profitable. For example, data analysis applications reduce the number of employees or time taken to work on specific data and make decisions thus lowering the labour costs (Saykili, 2019). Furthermore, digital technology reduces labour costs by facilitating automation of repetitive processes. In some companies, workers are tracked using digital tools thus eliminating the need for actual supervisors. For instance, managers and even specific employees can track their working time and make bills and adjustments accordingly. For example, some digital applications monitor the websites and tools that employee is using during work time and save this data at the company database (Wester, 2018). The manager can therefore randomly seek this data when making decisions on the employees progress i.e. opportunity for promotion or project leader. On the other hand, the employer will be more focused and productive as they target better assessments from the manager (Bernazzani, 2019).
Finally, digital technology poses significant mental health risks to the user that can hamper their productivity at work or at school. Apart from being a distraction at times, social media and the internet is making people lonelier thus more vulnerable to anxiety and stress than before (Fairburn & Patel, 2018). When children are wired to digital connections at home, they can feel lonely and depressed at school thus negatively impacting on their performance. Saykili (2019) indicated that technology can exacerbate existing feelings or poor learning attitude among children. In this regard, it is important for parents and teachers to encourage healthy and balanced tech habits among the school going children instead of banning technology altogether.
This essay found that digital technology can either enhance our productivity at work or school depending on how it is used. For instance, digital technology improves communication; enhance work efficiency and thus improving productivity. On the other hand, the use of technologies such as social media can lead to mental health issues among school going children thus lowering the productivity of learning.
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- Difrine Madara (Author), 2019, Does digital technology make us more productive at work/school?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/505700