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Monitoring Your Performance – The Future?

We all hate it when our boss is leaning over our shoulder while he waits for us to do some task on the computer, it’s like we suddenly become mouse clumsy, or our typing skills resemble those of a five year old. Well, if Microsoft get’s its way, the future of monitoring staff will become easier for the bosses, and much tougher for the employees…

According to an article in The Times, the process will even alert a manager if your heart beat and facial expressions indicate you are stressed or frustrated. Details of the process were discovered in a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism.

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This is a new level, some would say a new depth, of the Microsoft empire’s technology. As you can imagine Civil Rights activists are up in arms about this, particularly when companies see it as their right to monitor employee’s every minute at work. Never before in the history of the world have humans worked so continuously at such a high level of concentration as the knowledge workers of today. And it’s the same from truck drivers to surgeons, the expectations are enormous, it is almost impossible for anyone to maintain perfect concentration, optimum stress levels and peak performance for more than a few hours at a time, maybe even a day. Then there is always the risk that bosses will use the technology to increase the stress levels of employees they don’t like… privacy is becoming eroded in the face of technology.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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