Big Brother invasion or simply big business? You be the judge.
As more and more employers ask their employees to wear tracking sensors on their clothing (yes, it’s just what you think it is to track your movement), they’re actually compiling compelling data in the process.
According to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, researchers found that productivity surged at one specific tech company when workers ate at tables designed for 12 people instead of four.
In another situation, a bank call center moved to group breaks instead of individual ones and productivity increased by 10 percent.
In some instances, employers aren’t the only ones to have access to information. In some cases, employees may get a report on their group’s interactions (sans names) and individuals can see their own data.
As for the good news? Typically individual names aren’t on reports so it’s not like a manager has access to data from a specific person on their team (in case you were wondering about perhaps taking one too many coffee breaks throughout the day).