Friday, 15 May 2015

Woman allegedly fired for not wanting to be tracked 24/7

A company called Intermax insisted that all it’s mobile staff members install tracking software on their phones.  One employee removed the app and was first told off and later fired. You can read about it here.

According to the lawsuit, Ms Arias's manager "admitted that employees would be monitored while off-duty and bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she had installed the app on her phone".

She was required to keep her phone on and with her at all times, in case a client called.  She says she didn’t mind being tracked during work hours but drew a line at being tracked while off duty.

She likened the app to a prisoner's ankle bracelet.

I don’t know why some companies are so obsessed with snooping on their staff.  Generally, the most productive and effective people I’ve ever worked with were given a very long leash (often by me) and I trusted them to do a good job unless there was evidence of a problem.  I never once regretted it, even though there were (very) occasional problems. 

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