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Home office – Advantages and Micromanagement at its best!

The current crisis let many of us work from home. We know now how nice it is not to commute everyday but we also discovered how difficult it can be to work from home. Takes a lot of discipline and the art of ignoring the dog that wants to get out, the children demanding rightfully attention, the cat that doesn’t want to be ignored and the couch in the corner inviting us to lay down.

To make it worse we ( our computers and phones) can be still checked at all times according to a report from Corporate Rebels. Here some of their findings that should make us all think.

Micromanagement at its best supported by technology.

“Painfully, companies supplying surveillance software have seen demand explode recently. Companies like Time Doctor, Teramind, VeriClock, innerActiv, ActivTrak, Hubstaff and InterGuard benefit from the huge lack of trust that characterizes today's workplaces.

Proudly, their websites boast the many possibilities when it comes to employee monitoring (a.k.a. micro-management gone wild).

Take a deep breath - this stuff will make you sick.

  • Track login / logoff times

  • Track number of emails sent

  • Track active and idle time

  • Continuous screenshots

  • Screenshots when specific words are typed (like 'job search')

  • Identify frequently used unproductive apps or websites

  • GPS location tracker

  • Social media activity reports

  • 'Anomaly detection' (i.e. when a person sends more/less emails than usually)

  • Keystroke logging

(Corporate Rebels 8.04.2020)

What a wonderful world we are living in?

Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,  

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