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Corporate interest in surveillance seems to be on the rise to boost productivity. But employees are concerned over this invasion of privacy. Companies are using different technologies nowadays to track what their employees are doing during work hours. Companies are also starting to analyze digital data, such as emails and calendar info, in the hopes of squeezing more productivity out of their workers. There’s also Humanyze, which is a Boston-based start-up that makes wearable badges equipped with RFID sensors, an accelerometer, microphones and Bluetooth. This device is slightly thicker than a standard corporate ID badge and can gather audio data such as tone of voice and volume, an accelerometer to determine whether an employee is sitting or standing. It has Bluetooth and infrared sensors to track where employees are and whether they are having face-to-face interactions.
Do you think this kind of surveillance technology can really help boost productivity? And what about the privacy of the employees?
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The only proven way to increase productivity is to get your employees to believe in what they are doing and feel empowered and in control of their work.
I would never work for an employer who forced their employees to wear such a device. Never. As long as I am a high functioning employee, what business is it of my employer to know how much time I spend in the bathroom or in the proximity of my colleagues? Rise up wage slaves!slightly smiling face
It seems to allow for extremely detailed behavioral analysis & performance correlations... great innovation, as this analysis will focus on the subconscious level which was invisible earlier.
It seems to allow for extremely detailed behavioral analysis & performance correlations... great innovation, as this analysis will focus on the subconscious level which was invisible earlier.
It's the same way our class teacher and principal used to monitor us during the schools. This is not the way to treat an employee, whom you consider adult and grown up. Better to have a culture of faith and good work environment, which would motivate the employees instead of keeping an eye on them.
It's the same way our class teacher and principal used to monitor us during the schools. This is not the way to treat an employee, whom you consider adult and grown up. Better to have a culture of faith and good work environment, which would motivate the employees instead of keeping an eye on them.
No it isn't coz its surveillance at the subconscious level... further, with the advent of behavioral science it has become very important to collect such behavioral clues relevant to performance... also it's not about keeping an eye on anyone and more about data & relevant algorithms.
No it isn't coz its surveillance at the subconscious level... further, with the advent of behavioral science it has become very important to collect such behavioral clues relevant to performance... also it's not about keeping an eye on anyone and more about data & relevant algorithms.
It's just playing with words when we say it's all about data and relevant algo. When it's said that it's an subconscious level surveillance, it clarifies that it indeed is monitoring the employee and keeping a sword hanging over them, which they will keep pondering about at the back of their mind. I only think a person should be provided with ample opportunity, work and trust, so that he or she can thrive for it. Instead of making them a lab rat so as to collect some algo and data of their behavioural analysis.
I could understand it, if it was used temporarily, to plan office spaces better to see the flow of people and use of space at different times. Not as a means of personal surveillance. Sick.
I could understand it, if it was used temporarily, to plan office spaces better to see the flow of people and use of space at different times. Not as a means of personal surveillance. Sick.
Exactly. When this becomes norm then you can call it SLAVORI and not HUMANYZE, because optimalizing means giving people opportunity to work more and if it means shortening bathroom breaks then we “optimize” and if it means that Amazon will surveil someone having hearth attack and do nothing that’s because they are running their centers optimally
Humans do not want to be robots. That is why we created robots. This is just another example of the wealthy class clamping down on their staff.
Instead of focusing on devices to monitor and control employees, it might serve organisations better to focus on their needs and setup an environment conducive to learning and growth.
Terrific! Huge amounts of data requiring more middle managers who do nothing productive but fail to understand the information available to them despite endless"meetings" to agonize over why there is a decline in productivity. If"more data available for middle managers" is the answer, whatever was the question?
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Terrific! Huge amounts of data requiring more middle managers who do nothing productive but fail to understand the information available to them despite endless"meetings" to agonize over why there is a decline in productivity. If"more data available for middle managers" is the answer, whatever was the question?
The point is AI will remove middle managers when more behavioral data is collected.
Micromanagement at this best. Privacy violation at its worst. Either way I would never work for a company that employed these measures. So much for companies trying to gardener the best talent in the market.
The point is AI will remove middle managers when more behavioral data is collected.
If"middle managers" are removed by AI, do you expect senior managers to spend hours pouring over screeds of data to try to make sense of it? If AI goes so far as to produce simple answers to complex problems (eg"sack Jones"), businesses relying thereon will get into difficulty sooner rather than later.
Micromanagement at this best. Privacy violation at its worst. Either way I would never work for a company that employed these measures. So much for companies trying to gardener the best talent in the market.
Well you have higher education so this is not device oriented for you. It’s oriented for the people who cannot afford to lose their job....
Well you have higher education so this is not device oriented for you. It’s oriented for the people who cannot afford to lose their job....
I see your point. This will hopefully come under fire by some state legislation, I hope.
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