Diane Pham

How Bosses are Using Big Brother Tech to Babysit Telecommuters

by , 12/29/10
filed under: green technology

peerdrum, big brother in the workplace, privacy issues, workplace privacy, telecommuters, telecommute jobs, how to manage telecommuters, peerdrum, workplace productivity, how to manage workplace productivity

Telecommuting is growing trend that’s taking employees out of the cubicle and letting them work autonomously from home. While many will argue the merits of this mode of working — particularly as it comes to productivity — there is one company out there that feels employers shouldn’t give up their right to keep a close eye on their employees. Peerdrum is a new software program that has been developed to enable employers to view their teams’ desktops and track their computing activities and performance during paid working time. The program not only monitors output, but also delivers screen shots of workers’ active monitors every 10 minutes. While the makers of the Peerdrum argue that this is a key in maintaining productivity and efficiency, we think level of Big Brother will only lead to an unhealthy working dynamic.

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