The Impact of Computers on Employment

by Charlie Bradley ; Updated September 26, 2017

In the last three decades, the computer has brought forth many changes in employment, including changes to office equipment, office location, work schedules and the types of work people are seeking. Here are seven ways in which the computer has revolutionized employment.

Job Loss

Personal computers have helped to lessen the negative impact of job loss. If someone loses a job in a factory or office, the option is now widely available to use the computer to work from home in a variety of positions ranging from merchandising to data entry.

Old Technology

The computer has all but eliminated many pieces of equipment that were once essential in offices across the world, including the typewriter and switchboard. Switchboard duties are now handled through the use of computer software, while typewriters are very rarely used in most offices.

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Absenteeism

Thanks to teleconference technology, video conference technology and remote access technology facilitated through computers, you can work from a location outside the office if personal conflicts and circumstances prevent you from being physically present in the office.

Bridging the Communication Gap

Thanks to the emailing and instant messaging capabilities of computers connected to the Internet, you can ensure that every employee in your company is updated on the latest changes in company policies, the latest information from one department to another, and the latest information needed for inter-departmental meetings.

The Burden of Accuracy

For secretaries, accuracy in typing was once an essential job requirement. Thanks to the editing abilities of modern word processing programs, making a few mistakes in typing is not the end of the world as long as the secretary proofreads the documents and corrects the mistakes before sending the information to other workers in the company

About the Author

Charlie Bradley has been a freelance writer since 2007. Bradley's work has been featured on various websites. He holds a certificate in personal computer repair and support from West Georgia Technical College.

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