Article from Wired News, my favorite source of tech and nerd news.
Wired is a pay-to-view site, but my understanding is that you can see 4 free article per month. Hope that's true.
"EARLIER THIS YEAR, Amazon successfully patented an “ultrasonic tracker of a worker’s hands to monitor performance of assigned tasks.” Eerie, yes, but far from the only creative method of employee surveillance. Upwork watches freelancers through their webcams, and a UK railway company recently equipped workers with a wearable that measures their energy levels. By one study’s estimate, 94 percent of organizations currently monitor workers in some way. Regulations governing such conduct are lax; they haven’t changed since the 19th century."
Sorry. Like I said, they recently switched over to a pay-to-view model, but I thought they still allowed viewers a couple of articles. It's like the quote says, there are more and more tech tricks to watch workers. Studies show that taking breaks and goofing off now and then improves productivity, but the tech tool try to force workers to keep at it every minute for 8 hours. Bad policies.
Maybe I've already read my "couple of articles" for August.
Some idiot bosses seem to resent even your two legally mandated 10 minute breaks a day (morning and afternoon). I don't know that goofing off is needed, but working too long at something demanding leads to mistakes, and so does having someone looking over your shoulder all day or monitoring your keystrokes or whatever they're doing.
At Warner Bros. a new policy was instituted that required work orders to be approved for any little "g-job" you needed done. Prior to that I could go over to The Mill (all the shops under one roof - wood, metal, plaster, electrical, etc.) and ask for a small favor. And they would get to whenever they got to it. Like when one of our mannequins got a little shabby, we left it at the paint shop and they sprayed it when they were painting something else same color. No muss, no fuss, and no cost beyond a couple ounces of paint that was already in the sprayer and maybe 90 seconds of labor. Under the new policy it cost far more to write a request, have it approved, have the work officially scheduled, and finally have it done (if approved). It probably cost more to deny such a request than it cost to do it the old way. I suggested to my boss (I doubt the little brown-nose passed this on to her boss) that if they didn't trust department heads to keep such favors under control, they were employing the wrong people.