ITGS Syllabus

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Topic 8

Increase in teleworking and the virtual office by Sung-Hwan, Chun

Telework is a work arrangement where the employees don’t have to come to a central place of work. Instead, they commute and work using the telecommunication links. These telecommunications include not only internet as general, but also telephone, fax and video. But, usually the Teleworking is relied upon by the internet.

The virtual office is an internet office which allows clients to use using internet instead of using a physical office. This usually takes the form of websites and the customers could further communicate using fax, telephone, e-mail, and virtual meeting rooms.

Using Telework reduces the distance restriction of using a central place of work. The use of Telework would benefit largely to the employees who live far away from a central place of work, because this saves significant amounts of travel time and cost. Also, it allows more employability of parents with small children, and the handicapped.

Teleworking is seen as a solution to traffic congestion, because the employees don’t need to ride a car or train to come to the central place. Therefore, the passengers of train and road congestion at rush hour would be decreased. This would reduce the air pollution by decreasing the use of cars. Finally, by using Telework the employees could enjoy a great amount of freedom. In other words, the employees could relax in their sofas at home, with a warm coffee cup in their hands, and having a rest when they want. There will be no employers to constantly pressure, the only thing the employees need to do is do the assignments given by the employee.

One would think that the main problem with this kind of Teleworking would be the management of employees. How would the employers know that the employee is doing their work, not playing around? The common solution for this is to give an assignment with a due time. For example the employer would sign an employee to type up 500 words essay by lunch. Then, the employer could check in at lunch by e-mail or by other telecommunication to see if the employee has finished it.

Therefore, the employer can’t check the real progress of the employee, so the employer doesn’t know whether the employee was playing around ‘till last hour of the lunch and finished the 500 words essay or whether the employee took all its time to finish the essay. But, this doesn’t really matter because all the employer wants is that the assignment is well-written and done. If the assignment was not done, then the employees would find themselves unemployed.

The major problem however, is the security and the management of the telecommunication to work properly. There might be problems caused by miss typed information, for example, the employer giving wrong assignments to wrong employee, or giving 700 words report instead of 500 words. Although this could be solved if the employer is cautious, it is a common mistake occurring because it is easier to make a mistake when we are using a machine rather than using our mouth.

The malfunctioning of the telecommunication would also be a big problem. For example, if the internet was down, then, the employers would have a trouble sending the assignments or information to employees. Or even worse, if the employee’s computer got a virus and it erased all the reports he wrote, and then he would be fired because employer thought he didn’t finish the assignments. This would be very unfair for the employee, and the reasoning out that he got a virus would not really work, because the employer might think that the employee is blaming it on the virus. The solution to this is to maintain a high security system, which would cost the employers, and also to maintain better telecommunication devices.

The virtual office would have all the advantages the Telework have and also saves the employer a lot of money, because the cost for a central office is not required. The virtual offices have a productive customer services through telecommunicating, which is efficient and comfortable.

The problem with the virtual office though is that the intranet access to the telecommuter may be slow due to telephone or modem connections. Use of groupware, browsing, and downloading also may be slow due to the same reason. Therefore, the customers might face great discomfort using this.

The solution to this is difficult, because this is dependent on the connection speed of the customers. Therefore the company might lose some of the customers because of this.

Biffy "Raymen" Drecker said...

This is a cynical and pessimistic essay, and it only talks about the hopelessness of the situation and does not tell us how to help ourselves! I love it!

November 21, 2006 7:25 PM

HeeJun Son said...

You and I had the same topic. I agree with your opinion about computer viruses:they do harm computers. They also spread throughout the whole network to destroy or steal personal information. This essay is well-structured and understandable.

November 21, 2006 7:43 PM

Vaibhav said...

I like the way how you have structured your essay, however i think you should also discuss on the practical consequences of viruses in society. You should write about who is accountable. Most importantly you should discuss about anti-virus companies and how they are accountable.

November 27, 2006 4:01 AM

I0S0A0K0U said...

This essay gives detailed information about the dangerous capabilities of computer viruses. It is easy to read and also allows people who don't know about viruses to follow through. Nice job.

November 27, 2006 7:25 PM

Maersk_Marek said...

I enjoyed the comparsion of computer viruses to ones that affect human beings. Your essay was complex, but understandly so. This was a pleasure to peruse your work. However, I would interested if there were any kind of "good" viruses, which helped fixed computers

November 28, 2006 7:28 PM

Dhruv Rajashekaran said...

thankyou for stating and defining anything clearly. i could use a little more information on prevention and more positive info on how to deal with these viruses.

November 28, 2006 7:34 PM

chirag said...

well explained essay that clearly and the topics are nicely described... I didn't know about the stand-alone and network systems before...hehe :P..

November 30, 2006 2:55 AM

kaerujin said...

Interesting writing about the viruses and their effects on computers which most people don't know a lot about despite claiming to be active internet user. Interesting writing about the stand alone computers but are the viruses detectable and how do you find out by a built-in virus scanner or is it just visible?

December 03, 2006 7:35 PM

juju said...

Yes you have explained clearly about how viruses affect our computers and how they destroy them, but how do you prevent them? there are anti virus softwares but what else can you do to help your computer from being affected by the viruses?

December 05, 2006 7:36 PM

Joseph Toyoshima said...

Even though you had the same topic as Hee Jun, you gave another perspective. You simplfied this complicated topic making it very easy to understand. Good Job.

December 11, 2006 5:59 AM

ronniewonnie said...

Nice job on the essay!
I had no idea what teleworking was until you explained it beautifully!
You had the same topic as HeeJun and i think you both did an excellent job.
Thanks to you, i learned a lot.
Ronald Chu

December 11, 2006 7:14 AM

kenth said...

The complicated topic was well simplified and it helped me a lot.
By the way, you and Hee Jun wrote the same topic and both perspective helped me understand it very well.

December 11, 2006 9:54 PM

Tommy Chuang said...

I think you should have outlined some actual solutions that could be put to use. You're so pessimistic!

December 13, 2006 7:10 PM

aditya kumar said...

Nice essay. You did make it convey what teleworking is. Also, what I thought of while reading your essay is that not only to employees benefit, companies also do in that they don't have to build large capacity buildings with cafeteria. With the relatively low price of the net, teleworking could evolve into an economically feasible solution.- Aditya Kumar

December 15, 2006 5:15 AM

moyer said...

Very well done. You have gave a lot of good information about viruses. And your comaprison of computer virus and the actual virus was very interesting. A little more information on the prevention of viruses can be added to your essay

December 17, 2006 4:55 AM


Blogger Juju said...

Teleworking sounds very promising, but since it is mainly based over the internet, is it not possible for hackers, to get into these internet offices and cause problems? such as give false information to people who are currently logged on the office? other than that I am sure telework will be widely used soon in the future.

January 07, 2007 6:27 PM  

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