Thursday, 24 May 2012

General Training - Model Answer (Task 2)

Computers and modems have made it possible for office workers to do much of their work from home instead of working in offices every day. Working from home should be encouraged as it is good for workers and employers. Do you agree or disagree?

It is usual practice for workers to perform their duties in an office environment but advances in technology have made it possible for them to work from home. In fact, currently many workers in England spend a day of the week away from the office.

Those who are working in their home environment do not have to worry about travel time, rush hour, getting to work on time, dress code, packed lunches or office etiquette which causes stress to the average employee. Workers will feel comfortable in their home environment and perhaps will perform better.

On the other hand, employers may not be in full agreement with this arrangement. They will not be able to supervise or control the duties and timetable of their workers as they like. Working from home is also harmful for employees who need a clear distinction between office and home. Home is regarded as a personal place for relaxation and spending time with family while office is seen as a place of work. In addition, workers miss out on all other perks of working in an office such as team work, brainstorming and socializing. Being stuck at home may be lonely and anti-social.

To conclude, although working from home saves a worker time and money in terms of travel, lunches, expenditure on clothes etc., it also means that the boundary between work and pleasure is blurred and workers become anti-social. Employers would also prefer their staff to be in an area of direct access and control.
Question taken from Cambridge Instant IELTS p.112

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