IELTS Writing Practice 49

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

Many employers are now offering their employees the option to work from home.  As a result, employees will have much more flexible working hours in the future.Is this a positive or negative development? Discuss both sides.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

Many employers are now offering their employees the option to work from home.  As a result, employees will have much more flexible working hours in the future.Is this a positive or negative development? Discuss both sides.

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Model Essay
Many employers are now offering their employees the option to work from home.  As a result, employees will have much more flexible working hours in the future.Is this a positive or negative development? Discuss both sides.

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Nowadays, many staff are able to take advantage of flexible work time due to employers offering them the opportunity to stay home and work. Although a few drawbacks to this arrangement exist, by and large I believe this to be a job perk with many benefits.

There are several drawbacks to so called flextime.  When employees come and go from the office at different times it can affect the sense of continuity and togetherness in the workplace.  While not at work, many staff may miss out on promotional opportunities as well as the support of their coworkers with difficult tasks.  Additionally, working at home has been known to negatively affect productivity.  Homes are for living in, not working, and most people working there are often distracted or spend an inordinate amount of time procrastinating.  In a recent survey in the United Kingdom, one in four people on flexible work time arrangements claimed they were unable to meet targets while away from the office.

On the other hand, flexible work time has many positive effects on an employee’s daily schedule.   To begin with, it enables staff to manage their work-life balance more easily.  Most people have all sorts of issues in their personal lives that conflict with the typical 9-5 day.  These include picking up the kids from school, or running errands such as going to the bank.  Having personal time in the day to do these things makes lives much more convenient.  Moreover, work time flexibility allows workers to avoid rush hour traffic by leaving early or arriving late if on a long commute.  In short, flexible work time makes for happier workers, which leads to greater productivity overall and better job satisfaction.

To sum up, flexibility with work time may put some workers at a disadvantages, but for the majority it allows them much more convenience which leads to a more satisfied workforce overall.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

On the other hand, flexible work time has many positive effect an employee’s daily schedule.   It enables staff to manage their work-life balance more easily. Most people have all sort of issues in there personal live that conflict with typical 9-5 day.  These include pick up the kids from school, or run errands such as going to bank. Having personal time in the day to do these things makes lives much more convenient.  Work time flexibility allows workers avoid rush hour traffic leaving early or arriving late if a long commute. In short flexibility work time makes happier workers. This leads greater productivity overall and better job satisfy.

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Step 1: Planning
Many employers are now offering their employees the option to work from home.  As a result, employees will have much more flexible working hours in the future.Is this a positive or negative development? Discuss both sides.

Type:  Positive or Negative Development

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many sides do you need to consider?  

The question topic is about whether flexible work time is a good thing. There is one question with two parts; one regarding is this fact is positive, and one considering if the fact is negative.

 

Plan:  

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing since some points are more important than others.

Thesis

Despite few drawbacks, overall a job perk with benefits

Positive

Several drawbacks to flextime

Employees that come and go may lose sense of continuity

  • Staff miss out on promotion possibilities, support of co-workers
  • Homes encourage procrastination,
  • Study  - one fourth of people unable to meet targets while at home

Negative

Many positive effects on daily schedule

Staff can manage work-life balance better

  • Most people have conflicts in the typical 9-5 day, running kids to school
  • Having flextime enables them to this easily
  • Flexibility in work time allows workers to avoid rush hour

Flextime creates happier workers

POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS  - Key TIPS

  1. The “or” in the title means that this is an opinion style question. The question doesn’t say that you have to give both
  2. Give your first opinion in the first body paragraph, then the stronger second opinion in the second paragraph.
  3. Repeat the topic in each main point of each body paragraph.
Step 2: Write the essay

Nowadays, many staff are able to take advantage of flexible work time due to employers offering them the opportunity to stay home and work. Although a few drawbacks to this arrangement exist, by and large I believe this to be a job perk with many benefits.

There are several drawbacks to so called flextime.  When employees come and go from the office at different times it can affect the sense of continuity and togetherness in the workplace.  While not at work, many staff may miss out on promotional opportunities as well as the support of their coworkers with difficult tasks.  Additionally, working at home has been known to negatively affect productivity.  Homes are for living in, not working, and most people working there are often distracted or spend an inordinate amount of time procrastinating.  In a recent survey in the United Kingdom, one in four people on flexible work time arrangements claimed they were unable to meet targets while away from the office.

On the other hand, flexible work time has many positive effects on an employee’s daily schedule.   To begin with, it enables staff to manage their work-life balance more easily.  Most people have all sorts of issues in their personal lives that conflict with the typical 9-5 day.  These include picking up the kids from school, or running errands such as going to the bank.  Having personal time in the day to do these things makes lives much more convenient.  Moreover, work time flexibility allows workers to avoid rush hour traffic by leaving early or arriving late if on a long commute.  In short, flexible work time makes for happier workers, which leads to greater productivity overall and better job satisfaction.

To sum up, flexibility with work time may put some workers at a disadvantages, but for the majority it allows them much more convenience which leads to a more satisfied workforce overall.

 
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