Bad boss! Get your nose out of employees’ business

Do you know what I hate? I hate someone always watching me when I’m at work. I’m betting you do, too. In fact, I know of no one who likes having a boss spying on their work.

So, why in the world would you think this is a good idea? (Apparently, many of you do. As The Guardian recently reported, in April 2020 Google queries for “remote monitoring” were up 212% year on year; by April 2021, that had surged by another 243%.)

It wasn’t just that paranoid middle managers want to know how to check up on employees to justify their jobs. The C-suite bought the software. Bossware vendors saw their customer numbers jump by three to four times just during the first two months of the pandemic. Those numbers have only continued to grow since then.

What they don’t report is how much more productive the companies have jumped headfirst into snoopware have been. From what I’ve seen, I doubt very much — leaving aside the metrics the…

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