I attend meetings in my local weight management group. I am a member of life and still enjoy the support and networks, and sometimes I get a good idea of ​​the article. Today, my idea did not come from the topic of the meeting, but on what is happening.

This organization of the automated operation key “store front” a computer a few years ago. In remote areas they rent only during the meeting, both in churches and gyms are not automated. So, obviously, there is still a procedure to start the appointment manually, but automated centers will no longer be reserved for the supply of, and some of the staff have either never been trained on, or long forgotten, the management procedure.

Today, computers were down, and even with the help of support staff were not able to get them fixed at the end of the meeting. They weighed by hand and people selling products, but did not register attendance and product sales. This is a problem because the staff earns commissions on the basis of attendance and sales! It can also lead to a small problem for members who do not prepay for a monthly pass, because next week the computer they want to charge a week passed, and the registrar must redefine charge.

As a former employee, I love this technology because it is a high accuracy and save time. But I feel that it has reduced the human factor more. The secretary is now so busy looking at the computer screen, scanning items, and clicking on the options (when the computer is working :) I feel, eye contact was cut. And that reduces the empathy and feeling connected to that are vital to the organization.

I understand that many of the things that we have today rely on technology. But we have become too dependent on him? We are losing the human element of business?

I just upgraded to the “smart phone” this week. I admit, I like it for some time, so I came up with the pretext of wanting to check their email and Facebook, while away without resorting to my computer, and possibly pay for Internet access. I actually think that the irony of low cost chain motels provide free Wi-Fi while the large, expensive hotels charge for access to the room. With more people get smart phones every day, I wonder how soon major hotels stop offering access outside their offices in the lobby, which are usually free to use.

I love the idea of ​​a smartphone, but since then my husband got it, he is often distracted when I try to talk to him. It’s too easy to check your emails or surf the net! One person even told me this week that he feels all the kids these days (and some adults!) To speak only in text messages. He said that they are always with reference to “talk” with friends when in fact they only exchanged text messages.

I love technology. But I ran into her career to have more contact with people. Yes, I know you are reading this on a computer, and I write on the computer! But I submit articles in the hope of actually talking to some of my readers a day!

technology is great and expands our presence. But do not forget that you have the eyes and ears for a reason, and your mouth is not only for the food! And my smart phone will never replace arms.