Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype… – are all these the new tools of productivity or the new distractions? In the opinion of the experts from The Marketing Analysts Translation Services Company, a Houston Chinese Translation Agency, they are key parts of the so-called the “information technology paradox,” in which such information tools can waste as much time as they save, if not more. According to a recent Gallup poll, the average employee uses office computers for non-business related activity for at least 75 minutes daily. This, undoubtedly results in productivity losses and may rise legal issues from the inappropriate use of some websites. For instance, non-job related web surfing not only wastes valuable company time and distracts employees from work responsibilities but can also expose employers to lawsuits for sexual harassment if inappropriate images are transmitted around the organization. Employees’ blogs can also be a source of unconscious disclosure of sensitive or confidential information or can damage an organization’s reputation or distort the image an organization would like to impose on the general public. That is why, many employers are so concerned about misusing technological tools, that they install software that limits Internet access during working hours to restrict the use of the internet and corporate e-mail services by their employees.
The speed and simplicity of technological tools can be not only a great advantage, but also a serious weakness: it is so easy and tempting nowadays to send many, often unnecessary or unclear (you can always send another) messages and to subscribe to too many blog feeds and other information sources. The professionals from one of the leading Dallas Certified Translation Services Company believe that this not only wastes valuable company time, but may also cause an information overload which can significantly affect the employee’s ability to focus on their work. That is why The Marketing Analysts Washington D.C. Translation Services professionals advice managers to developing clear policies that are enforced evenly for all employees and to guide their employees in productive use of information tools.