Don't Just Spy On Employees, Bill Them As Well

from the how-not-to-build-a-loyal-workforce dept

While many studies have shown that spying on employees tends to make them less motivated and less productive, that still hasn’t stopped any number of companies from coming out with tools to help show just how much you distrust your employees. The latest, however, goes a bit further than the usual reports of just what various employees have been doing while surfing the internet. This one tracks exactly how much time and bandwidth an employee uses on various websites so that an employer can bill the employee for that time. Do you think the companies that install this will also bill the employees for the amount of water they drink out of the water fountain? Maybe the wear and tear in the parking lot from driving their car into it each day as well would make sense. It’s not clear why this needs to be repeated so often — but such micromanaging of employees doesn’t tend to do much good. If an employee isn’t getting their job done, that’s an issue that should be taken care of. However, monitoring what they’re doing every minute of the day — and then even stooping so low as to charge them for the time, is a plan that’s only going to backfire. Hopefully, the first employee presented with such a bill will turn around and present a bill to the employer for any phone calls or emails handled at home as well as the time, gas and depreciation expenses of driving to work each day.

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Brian (user link) says:

Another idea

Instead of being suspicious of employee behavior, how about hiring and retaining trustworthy employees to start with?
But therein lies the problem, some businesses believe it’s cheaper to hire mediocre employees and just replace them when they get fed up with unrealistic policies and leave. What you end up with is a depressing work environment where few are motivated to get the job done. Thus productivity suffers.

Curmudgeon says:

So what

I don’t see the problem here.
I already charge all my employees for telephone calls (local too), for the electricity they use (based on time clock and number of items stored in the fridge), for the water they waste (based on trips to the bathroom and the number of flushes detected), for regular wear and tear on office furnishings (standard monthly fee), and a general Employment Surcharge equal to about 1.2% of their monthly paycheck.
You have no idea how much I save. Don’t knock what you haven’t tried.

Precision Blogger (user link) says:

This is not quite something new...

Here’s an excerpt from the old song: DRILL YE TARRIERS

The foreman’s name was John McCann
By God, he was a blamed mean man
Last week a premature blast went off
And a mile in the air went big Jim Goff
And when next payday came around
Jim Goff a dollar short was found
When he asked, “What for?” came this reply
“You were docked for the time you were up in the sky”
– PB

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