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Computers At Work


For better or worse, computers have infiltrated virtually all aspects of our society. Since IBM’s introduction of the personal computer in 1981, the use of PCs has grown dramatically. At the same time, computers have become increasingly powerful, increasingly connected to one another, much easier to use, and with the introduction of laptops and more recently palmpilots, much smaller and more portable. Has the increased use of PCs affected Canadian jobs? What occupations/industries seem to be most affected? Which ones appear to have been least affected? How does computer use at work differ by education and income levels? What effects do computers have on skill development? What are the links between this new technology and workplace stress? How have PCs affected the workload of Canadians?