Earlier today I was pointed toward an article, “So You Want To Keep Track of Staff – But Will They Let You?” Let’s turn the question on it’s ear. As an employer, I can see you, I can track you: Should I, or should I even want to?
In the vast majority of cases, no. If the members of my teams need that level of monitoring, that level of micro-management, for my businesses, I have done a poor job in hiring.
As the article cites, there are some cases where geo-tracking is appropriate. For instance, where are my distribution vehicles? Where are my high-value assets (e.g. a truck, a major piece of equipment)? In these cases I am not tracking the person but rather the company asset.
This is like any other sort of reporting process. I do not want my teams to track something simply because it can be, because it’s easy. There needs to be a specific value-add reason. Otherwise you are simply squandering resources and lowering morale.
With the increased prevalence of tracking services such as Google Latitude and Glympse, check-ins via Facebook and Yelp!, or geo-tagging whenever you post on Goggle+ and Twitter, what do you think? Under what circumstances might you feel Ok with your employer tracking you?
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