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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Past GT essay - More and more people are working at home rather than in the workplace. Some people say this will bring benefits to the workers and their families, but others think it will bring stress to the home. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Working from home with the help of telephone lines, or, in other words, telecommuting has become very popular especially where internet connections are fast and reliable. Some individuals are of the opinion that it is advantageous for the employees and their families where as others think it leads to tension at home. This essay shall discuss both sides of the issue.

There are many advantages of telecommuting to employees and their families. To begin with, it saves time as no time is wasted commuting to and from the office. It also saves money as no spending on private or public transport has to be done. Furthermore the worker can look after family commitments like dropping the child to school etc. Although most of the work done by tele-workers is monitored, still a few minutes can be snatched at times. Finally, the tele-worker can do some side business side by side.

On the other hand there are some problems which telecommuters and their families face. Firstly, a corner of the house has to be reserved for office work and a good internet connection is needed. This is very important because a person working from home has to be connected with his colleagues and seniors at all times during the office hours.

What is more, the expectations from the family members also increase. They sometimes forget that the person working from home has to concentrate on his office work and is only physically there with them. This leads to stress as it has generally been seen that telecommuters try to put in their best at work so that they are not laid off and keep reaping the benefits of telecommuting.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, as every garden has weeds, similarly telecommuting too has its downside. On the whole advantages are much more than the disadvantages and some amount of stress at the home is a small price to pay for the vast amount of benefits associated with telecommuting.

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