BLUFAt the start of 2020, people would have laughed if you suggested that major corporations would soon be insisting most of their staff worked from home. But just because they did, don’t think your boss isn’t watching you closely.
This article by John Naughton, writing for The Guardian, makes the following points:
- Managers who regarded working-from-home (WFH) as some kind of work-avoidance scam, realised that digital technology could enable them to keep an eye on their remote subordinates.
- Many small tech firms are now making ‘bossware’—software that enables employers to keep a close eye on staff who are working from home.
- Employers seeking intrusive surveillance of their WFH employees have a wide range of tools to choose from.
- The software is designed to monitor, classify and exploit employees in ways the programmers and their corporate bosses would never tolerate, themselves.
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References from the Web:
- OCT 2020 The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching—Computer World
- JUN 2020 Here’s how employers are using tech tools to keep a close watch on their remote workers—CNBC
- SEP 2021 The Future Of Hybrid And Remote Work Will Increase Orwellian Big-Brother ‘Tattleware’ Spyware For Surveilling Workers—Forbes