Thursday, May 2, 2013
Employees of interest: Tracking in the office
Anyhow, Bank of America did this to 90 volunteers for a few weeks to record their movements and tone of their conversations. The most productive workers were in close-knit teams and talked with their colleagues.
So the bank scheduled group breaks and productivity rose 10%.
Some sensors are placed in office furniture to see how often people get up.
Some say the line is fine between Big Data and Big Brother--but the companies answer that smartphones can already be tracked.
Does this not beg the question--should they be?
The companies adjusted the size of lunch tables, made depts get coffee together.
It's not illegal, the companies maintain.