Virtual workplaces are widely used in almost every field of activity. In clinical practice, however, it is not possible to perform surgery remotely, but today entire virtual communities are being created, where everyone can consult with a doctor online. The way of virtual work allows more efficient use of time and hardware resources and, as a result, provides a higher coefficient of benefit. This essay will look at how workplace virtualization can affect learning and working.
Virtual workstations allow employees to do their jobs where they want. Today’s workstation virtualization solutions provide users with a single workspace across multiple devices, both internally and externally. For example, a healthcare professional can continue to work with biochemical analysis data at home, in a cafe, or on a bus if they wish. In addition, the efficiency of the work is increased. One particular problem can be solved by several employees at once because each of them has access to the system (Noe, 2009). In medicine, this reduces the objectivity of diagnosis or interpretation of results.
Moreover, entirely virtual workstations save employees time on the road, removing the traffic jams factor, excessive communication with colleagues, and unreasonable use of working time. The employee has more time to show more performance.
We need to keep in mind that remote teamwork can also harm efficiency. As Noe (2008) points out, the mentality of different cultures has a substantial effect on the progress of work: while some like to be balanced and structured, others prefer creativity and improvisation. It is essential to select the right people so that there is no conflict of interest or, worse, the linguistic barrier between them. Moreover, remote telecommuting can be stressful and confusing for an employee as to where the work environment ends, and the home environment begins. To overcome these barriers, companies have to organize regular training and seminars to reduce the impact of negative thoughts of employees on the efficiency of the work performed.
Finally, a significant disadvantage in the form of the implementation of knowledge transfer may be faced by the organizers of virtual workstations. Having several virtual employees, it is necessary to understand which of them can perform one or another task (Noe, 2009). Personal communication is more accessible, but in the case of distance work, when some employees are in other time zones, it is more challenging to learn about competencies.
Noe, R. A. (2009). Employee training and development. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill Irwin.