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In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world’s most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technology can, in some circumstances, make businesses less productive.

Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval. Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline.

Source: Bloomberg

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-05/microsoft-says-it-s-true-cat-videos-distract-workers

Discussion

1) The “productivity paradox” was first discussed back when PC computers started entering businesses.   Can you explain in simple terms what the paradox is?

2) How could you stop workers playing cat videos at work?

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