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How Bosses are Using Big Brother Tech to Babysit Telecommuters

Posted By Diane Pham On December 29, 2010 @ 6:24 pm In green technology | No Comments

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Telecommuting [1] 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 i [1]s 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 [1] 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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[1] Telecommuting: http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/lifestyle/article/peerdrum-how-bosses-are-babysitting-telecommuters-jill-fehrenbacher

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