GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 40
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Information technology enables many people to do their work outside their workplace.
Do the benefits of this mobility outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer 1: [Agreement]
The impact of technology has transformed the way people live, communicate and work and the result is so profound that we even work from home and going to an office is no longer mandatory for many professionals. I believe this freedom has great benefits and the ability to work from anywhere far outweighs its drawbacks.
To begin with, information technology has created a new range of job opportunities and has connected millions of professionals and clients all over the world. This arrangement facilitates both the clients and workers complete their tasks without having a brick and mortar workplace which means both parties gain tremendous freedom and mobility. This mobility offers greater flexibility and better work performance since those creative professionals do not have to abide by the strict rules of an office environment and can work on their pyjamas. For instance, my cousin, who is a software engineer often works from home and have completed many mentionable projects besides working for a large IT firm. This has been possible because of the mobility this sort of work arrangement offers.
On top of that, the facility to work from anywhere reduces traffic congestion to a great extent. Bad traffic kills many manhours every day in cities and that has a detrimental effect on the economic growth of a country. Information technology has enabled people to work outside their traditional workplace and this trend has facilitated people to avoid traffic jam and work on a schedule suitable for them.
To conclude, we live in a modern world which has redefined the way we work and complete our tasks, thanks to the widespread use of information technology. It not only saves time but also reduces traffic jams and this mobility increases the overall performance of the professionals who use technology to do their tasks.
Model Answer 2: [Disagreement]
The ability to work outside the traditional work environment with the help of information technology is seen as a blessing by many and yet the trend has failed to create a profound impact due to the disadvantages this work arrangement has. I wholeheartedly believe that we are not yet ready to make it a mainstream due to its several drawbacks despite some benefits.
To begin with, this sort of work arrangement, without a doubt, allows people to work from anywhere without being forced to work from 9 to 5 in an office which, according to some, not only saves time but also reduces traffics on the roads. However, large companies still prefer their employees to work from a traditional office environment and due to this, talented individuals in most professions still work in an office rather than working from the comfort of their home. When an employee works from home, he can not collaborate with the team directly and the management has little control over the ongoing projects. Though the method was meant to accelerate the workflow and create an impact on the way large projects are completed and delivered, the reality is different when most of the employees who work remotely fail to complete the tasks in time due to too much flexibility and distractions at home or outside of the office.
Moreover, big companies work on projects that they do not want to reveal to their competitors and that is why require the employees to work from the designated workstations and using a predefined set of tools and software. This single aspect makes it harder for them to recruit employees who would prefer to work from anywhere. Despite the alluring attractions of the remote works or mobility at work, orthodox working style is still the way of earning our living and a much sustainable arrangement for both employers and workers.
In conclusion, the facility and arrangement to work outside our workplace should be added to a “regular working environment and schedule” to increase the overall performance of the employees but not a norm to do our tasks.