Friday, September 24, 2004

Big Brother, Redux

If your employer insisted on your wearing a leash while at work, would you continue to pursue your career there? What if the leash was a virtual, electronic one? Would that change your decision?

Read this to have yet another assumption about basic human behavior shattered forever.

5 comments:

Amelia said...

I'm not too keen on the idea of being tracked through my mobile phone, but it sounds like a great way to keep tabs on my teenagers!

Omni said...

I think that most people like the idea of keeping track of others, but DISlike the idea of being kept track of themselves; hypocrisy is alive and well in the modern world.

Kate said...

I just got a cell phone last year, because I didn't want one before that. Still don't want one, but it was a gift. Used to be that you could turn the phone off and it couldn't be triangulated. That's not true with new phones though.
Keeping tabs on teenagers will be harder than you think, even with this technology. They seem to be the first to either think of a solution to a technological problem or the first to take advantage of someone else's solution.
Do you respect an adult's privacy but not a child's?

Diva said...

I suppose it would depend on how badly I needed / wanted the job, what the specific monitoring rules were (for example, I wouldn't mind it so much if the off-limit locations were limited to places I shouldn't be going during work hours only - like bars and the golf course) and the monitoring was limited to work hours only. I especially would understand it for those employed in public sector. It does set an interesting precedent though.

Joel said...

If I were a CEO, I'd really be reluctant to impliment something like this as a "productivity aid." There's just no way it doesn't a message to the employees: "We don't trust you."

So, you have a productivity problem to begin with, and you're addressing it by adding a morale problem? Think about the ultimatums to which you may be committing yourself, i.e. "If you won't carry this cell phone, we've got no choice but to fire you." Good luck with that. I'm taking my cell phone down to the bar, and I'm going to wedge it behind the toilet tank in the men's room and leave it. You wanna go?