New advances in technology are making it easier than ever for our employers to track our movements, whereabouts, and employability. Through information that we knowingly or unwittingly provide about ourselves, employers can make small and big decisions about our careers.
Is this creepy and invasive? Depends on who you ask. While these surveillance tools can make our jobs more convenient, they can come at a high cost to our privacy, creating Orwellian nightmares.
As we reflect on the future of work, here’s a list of last year’s wildest workplace surveillance stories that should make us worry about what’s to come.
1) Employees willingly getting microchipped for convenience
Would you get microchipped so that you could eat chips faster from a vending machine? A majority of employees at Three Square Market, a Wisconsin tech company, agreed to do this in July, a reported first for the United States.
With a microchip implanted in their hands, these cyborgs can now enter the building, log onto their computers, and get chips from the vending machine with the wave of a hand. While this makes their jobs more convenient, it makes it much easier for their employers to track them. Although the CEO of Three Square Market says that the data is encrypted and secure, that’s a lot of health and productivity information you’re entrusting to your employer.
2) Employers using big data to predict which employees will get sick
Some companies including retailer Wal-Mart are using outside firms to look up how you shop, what you eat, and what prescription drugs you buy to algorithmically predict which employees are most likely to get a health condition, according to a February investigation by the Wall Street Journal.
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