Let's say that a company has made years of Word documents or Excel spreadsheets in Windows but one day there is a new worker who is more familiar with say LaTeX, Open Office and Linux. Should the boss force a new employer to use the programs everyone else uses? In my opinion, worker should use the software he or she can use the most smoothly but are there other opinions?
closed as primarily opinion-based by gnat, Monica Cellio Oct 21 '14 at 15:27
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"worker should use the software he or she can use the most smoothly"
No. Employees should use the software that makes the business as a whole function most effectively. Reasons an employee should not have his own personal choice include:
- Licensing. The company may already have licences for product A, and not wish to spend on product B. Alternatively they may have exclusivity agreements with suppliers.
- Document compatibility. Product B is useless if it produces anything that is not guaranteed compatible with Product A.
- Extra work for IT staff to be familiar with and maintain two products.
- Setting precedents - one employee might be fine to leave with product B, but it gives co-workers a green flag to install whatever they choose.
If you don't like what your company uses, by all means produce a business case for changing. Even then you still have to accept that higher management may see issues that you can't see from your position.