According to the University of Nevada, cyberloafing is responsible for upwards of $85 billion a year in business losses
Throughout this course, many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people’s opinions and comments. Make sure you respond substantively to the 4 posts below using a minimum of 75 words each.
IT133: Microsoft Office Applications on Demand
CLASSMATE POST #1
Citations are used everywhere, from academic papers to movies and music. The general purpose of citing a source is to give credit to the original owner of the content. However, failing to cite a source is often seen as plagiarism, in which one is seemingly taking credit for the content. News articles are a perfect example of where citations are commonly found. New articles will often use images to describe the articles content, often using someone else images. These images typically include a citation just below image telling where and who owns the image. In academics, failing to cite a source or using too much of someone else material is considered plagiarism. This can result in a failing grade on the assignment or worse, failing the entire class. In movies and music, citations are critical for telling an audience who owned the content. Movies and music go far beyond citing the original content, users are often required to gain consent prior to using one’s work. Failing to do either can result in copyright infringement, which is illegal. Music follows much the same guidelines as movies. Within the YouTube community, failing to cite one’s work will often result in a copyright strike. One of the most critical examples of citations involves research papers. Here, there are two reasons why failing to cite sources can have negative effects. One, not only does it look bad failing to cite sources, but it also gives the research less credibility. Other researchers are less likely to take a paper seriously if the author fails to cite their sources. Second, it fails to give credit to the original researcher and is considered plagiarism. Many research papers require pier review and will not be published without proper citations. Any time content is being directly used from another source it should be properly cited.
CLASSMATE POST #2
Based on my prior knowledge, it seems that the biggest consequences of plagiarism (not citing sources) are reputation loss, being suspended or expelled from school, and even legal fines. Firstly, if you use somebody else’s work as your own, your academic and/or professional reputation is permanently tarnished. Once people know, they will find you to be deceitful and perhaps less intelligent than they thought. If you lost a job or got kicked out of school for not citing a source, this negative reputation can carry over into your future. Schools and jobs may turn you down if they find out this is why you lost your professional or academic standing. This can create serious long-term negatives for the plagiarizer. Which transitions into my next point: many schools will suspend or expel a student for using others’ work. These rules are firm, and schools take this very serious. Some schools may allow a student 1 more chance, but a second offense is almost never forgiven. Lastly, not citing sources can lead to legal and financial issues. If work is copyrighted, whether officially or unofficially, the author has the right to sue the plagiarizer. Fines and legal fees can be substantial, depending on the seriousness of the offense and extent of the plagiarism. I personally would never want to face any of these repercussions, so I am very serious about correct citations. I have been learning how to cite since high school, and it’s a very specific process. My best advice is to cite as you go to make it easier at the end of the paper. If you decide to write then go back to properly format and cite your sources, it can take a long time to sort out your information and make the paper flow together smoothly. Of course, building a bibliography in Word helps a lot too!
Does anybody else have tips for making citing easier?
IT190: Information Technology Concepts
CLASSMATE POST #3
Cyberloafing is a serious issue at my workplace. We do have some good staff, that are good workers. However, there are also some that just do not put their phones down. 2 websites I looked at said that some admit to wasting up to 2 – 2.5 hours PER DAY cyberloafing. https://www.
Michigan law does allow an employer to track an employee’s internet usage on devices the company pays for, and data that passes through their network. In any work environment management can and should check on the quality and production of the work performed. If cyberloafing is hindering performance, it needs to be handled. I do feel that any keystroke logger, computer monitoring software, social media site blocker, etc. will just push the employee to use their smartphone for all their cyberloafing. Then you end up with staff taking 45 minute ‘bathroom breaks’. Instead of having to be worried about if it’s ethical to track computer usage, it would be so much easier if those people were honest and ethical and worked when they were at work. They agreed to perform their job duties and be compensated for it. If they are spending 30% or more of their time not doing their duties, they are the unethical ones.
CLASSMATE POST #4
According to the University of Nevada, cyberloafing is responsible for upwards of $85 billion a year in business losses. Studies have shown that many employees admit to spending up to 2.5 hours a day at work cyberloafing. Most employees cyberloaf when they are bored with their job or feel as if they have completed all the necessary work. Some employees just cyberloaf because they are addicted to their devices or some form of social media which they feel the need to check constantly. No matter what the reason, cyberloafing is considered stealing from an employer who is paying you to conduct business activities. Many times this can cost an employee their job if they are a repeat offender. A way that employers can try to control cyberloafing is by implementing monitoring software, such as Teramind. Monitoring software performs many functions including keylogging, application, email, and website monitoring, live video feeds, and print and file tracking. Implementing breaks throughout the day, dedicated to checking your device and social media, may assist with employees not using their devices during work hours. If an employer is having issues with employees overusing personal devices, implementing video surveillance throughout the workplace will help identify those people that are on their devices when they should be conducting business activities. In Georgia, the only illegal monitoring is in places that are considered private, such as bathrooms and locker rooms. I do believe it is ethical to monitor your employees, because I feel that you as the employer should be aware of what activities your employees are or are not involved in while they are using the companies property. I also believe that you as the employer should always inform your employees of what you are actively monitoring in the workplace.
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