A recent New York Times article explores new technology that allows productivity to be tracked by managers.
The article gives an example of a smart phone app where a manager can tap on the app and write notes of encouragement, advice or criticism to an employee. Amazon uses an internet tool that allows employees to submit praise or criticism to management. Another app tracks employees whereabouts 24 hours a day. Yet another, allows employees to comment privately to another employee’s manager. Much of the technology is focused on efficiency and staying connected after work hours – from the boss’ point of view.
We all know that technology is pacing itself at warp speed. It is a good idea to pay attention. How much do you want technology to be a factor in your managing? Or, in how you are managed? Technology itself needs to be managed with thoughtful decisions on the quality of workplace conditions and relationships, what truly enhances productivity and what expectations guides its application.
What do you think about this category of technology coming to your workplace?
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