How Do You Feel About Companies Tracking Their Employees with Sensors?

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 15th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Once you've lost your privacy, you realize you've lost an extremely valuable thing. - Billy Graham

Employee Movements Are Tracked

Vivian Giang reports for Business Insider: As shocking as it may sound, there are companies that monitors a employees every move with the aid of electronic sensors. This technique opens up a Pandora box regarding privacy and legal issues. Apart from that, who wants to be a specimen in a laboratory experiment? But data companies argue that the information derived from these methods will ameliorate life for companies and employees. Sociometric Solutions has created tracking devices for familiar name companies like Bank of America, Steelcase, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc., and is in talks with General Motors. The concept was given birth by a team of Ph.D students from MIT who chose to study the chemistry behind what makes certain work spaces like Google great at building teams. What gadget did they need to achieve all of this? After much brainstorming they decided to place sensors in employee identification badges that gather real-time information to help companies measure productivity. The sensors identify a person's tone of voice, movement and even their posture when networking with others.

The Employees Most Productive Peak

Experts subscribe to the sentiment that employees are most productive when sitting at their desk, but this is not an absolute. Something has to be said about the social conversations at water coolers and coffee makers. Those are the ones that can have a dramatic effect. When are employees at their peak proficiency? This is one of the questions that will be attempted to be answered with the aid of sensors. While individual information is gathered, it is masked to provide metadata and hedge against privacy breaches. The information is then used to recommend how employees, and the company as a whole, can work more efficiently. Are we breaking any laws by doing this? Privacy online is sort of open and privacy issues are going to be a hindrance for a long time. For the legal scholars, this is the stuff good debates are made of. How many of you are reading this that are unemployed and wish that privacy was the only thing that you had to be concerned about? For those of you who fall into that category, there are a few viable solutions.

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Electronic, Electronic Sensors, Electronic Tracker, Electronic Tracking, Electronic Tracking Devices, Electronic Tracking Systems, Electronics, Privacy, Privacy Policy, Privacy Rights, Production, Productive, Productivity, Team Building, Team Development, Team Work, Team Working, Tracking Devices

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I am endeavoring to become a freelance article writer for now. Recent studies include a freelance writer's article and blog course offered by Growth Education.

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