A Shortage of Digital Coaches by Tony Elliott

January 20, 2008

After reading through all the blogs this week, I was somewhat in a dilemma on what to respond to, There was very little in what interested me and the biggest news this week was Apple’s announcement of their new MacBook Air. But I think enough people have commented on this new innovation and although it seems like a great thing for Apple it appears that a lot of users will be dissappointed because of the lack of a ethernet port and no DVD drive in it. However, Seth’s blog on the shortage of digital coaches did somewhat catch my eye or at least 1 comment. He said, “Here are three things that are true:
1. Digital technology, especially computers and cell phones, can dramatically increase productivity.” Although this may be true, IMHO the use of computers and cell phones also can decrease productivity. Despite all these advances in technology and how fast we are able to achieve the results, we are still not able to process this information any faster or what to do it with all of this information. David Allen in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity says that”says CIOs should focus more on individual accountability and personal behavior, and less on technology.” I think that even though we have the ability to access information so quickly and almost everywhere, we still need to learn to unscramble all of this information and be able to make good decisions. Its still human nature for individuals at work to abuse the computer for their own personal use (Cyberslacking). This type of behaviour is costing businesses in the U.S. about $85 billion a year according to Websense Inc. in 2002. How much is this costing businesses today? Is this really more productive?

Tony Elliott

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4 Responses to “A Shortage of Digital Coaches by Tony Elliott”

  1. David McKenna Says:

    Although I agree with Tony about employee’s “cyberslacking” I personally think technology does make us more productive. Yes, there is much more information to unscramble, and yes we may waste a lot of time with unusable data, but there is also much information that we use to benefit our jobs. Without technology, we wouldn’t have the useless information, but we may not have the useful information either. I think that technology makes us more productive then less productive.
    Just think of how e-mail has benefited us. Yes, we may waste a half an hour on e-mailing someone that has nothing to do with our job, but due to e-mail we are much more productive. Just imagine back in the day when they had to wait weeks for a letter. I think we are by far more productive now.

  2. jencampbell Says:

    I agree with Tony and David. First of all, David’s comment about the email is completly correct, email without a doubt makes work much more efficient and quick. But then again, technology does slow certain people down. If you arent familiar with the technology, it will slow your work down a lot.
    “Cyberslacking” is a good term to use, nowadays it is much easier to slack off at work and waste time just doing random stuff on the internet. I guess it depends on the person on how productive you are at work and how easily you give into distraction. Its all about personal discipline, i guess it varies person to person.
    jen

  3. davecanvin Says:

    Just in response to “cyberslacking.” I don’t really think that the employee can be held accountable in this case. If a company doesn’t want you to access certain sites on the web, then their IT department should take the proper precautions to limit their access. There are many “net nanny” programs out their that can restrict access to the internet.

  4. wattsy Says:

    I agree with the comments made above. Employers should take precautions to limit what sites they don’t want you to see on the internet. If they don’t want you on a particular web site. Some people are more motivated to get there work done when they have a few different things opened up on the internet at once. I find I can get work done quicker when I listen to music.
    Writing an email is much more productive than sending a letter in the mail. An email can get to the point quicker, and you can communicate back and fourth a lot quicker.


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