LAS432 Course Discussions Week 7

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LAS432 Course Discussions Week 7
Most employers are concerned daily with the productivity of their employees…

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LAS432 Course Discussions Week 7

LAS432 Course Discussions Week 7

All Students Posts – 85 Pages 

Employee Monitoring – 40 Pages 

Consider the reasons given in Figure 6.1 that list why employers monitor employee communications. Of the examples provided, for which do you think it is appropriate to have regular, ongoing monitoring for all employees, and for which do you think an employer should access employee communications only when a problem occurs? Explain your reasoning. Workplace monitoring has increased in our nation – what factors have generated its growth? Most employers are concerned daily with the productivity of their employees.  From what you have read and observed, do you think that most American workers are aware of this perspective?

This has always been a touchy subject.  On one side, if you are conducting personal business with company equipment, you are wrong, on the other side, if the company is monitoring your personal writings, they are wrong…. or are they?  I tend to side with the companies on this one.  If I owned a company and hired an employee that did nothing but play on personal email and social media sites all day, I would want to fire them.  After all, they are not working if they are playing.  Of course, I would allow some personal business, it is a morale booster, and sometimes the only time you can get something done is during normal working hours.  This is such a slippery slope though; a little bit means something different to everyone.  My suggestion, do your personal business on your personal devices and during your breaks.  As for personal phone calls, the website you provided says federal law states a business must stop monitor a phone call once they discover it is personal.  Even if the company does stop monitoring the call, that doesn’t mean they don’t track how many personal calls you make, and how long each call is.  They can legally do this without interfering with the law, and like I said above, if employees are constantly on personal calls, how much work are they really doing…

Technology and the Job Market – 45 Pages 

Technology has had a direct and distinct impact on the job market. Many online resources exist to help you assess strengths and identify areas to develop as you prepare for your career or for your next career move. For this week, you’ll complete and reflect on one online assessment that measures your skills in: 1) reading and critical thinking, 2) writing, and 3) mathematics. This assessment is part of the DeVry University Assessment plan and helps us to demonstrate what students have learned so that we can continuously improve the curriculum and represent the achievements of our students as they near graduation. Completing the ETS Proficiency Profile is an important part of this week’s class activity.

The profile consists of a 40-minute, 36-item assessment. Follow the step-by-step instructions  included in the attached. Please print and review the instructions before beginning. Once you’ve completed the assessment, share how you reacted to difficult questions. What did you learn from the process that you can take forward into your career?

In discussing the impact that technology has had and can have upon the employment of Americans, it is important to be specific about “what technology” is being considered.

Before I read this article, I just wanted to say one thing.  Yes, certain technologies are putting some people out of work, but they are hiring others at the same time.  People, not machines, are creating machines and maintaining them.  We are just building the machines to do simpler, repetitive tasks, like assembly line work.  It is true though, more and more jobs are getting lost, and at the same time, the population is increasing, so there will have to be a point where we are going to have to look at the big picture of unemployment vs. technology.  Additionally, “if we look back at…lost jobs, we see that many of them accompanied increased productivity” (Baase, p. 278).  Increased productivity is good, because more items are made, which usually makes them cheaper for all.  Just look at how many jobs have been created through computers and people working at home verses how many jobs were lost due to the programming of a computer.  We are a creative race, we will always find a way to make things work, and for the better.  Never stop improving, if we do, then we just gave up…