It's no secret that the employer-employee relationship in the USA is under intense scrutiny. Greed is currently seen as a virtue by our society, and therefore those who stand in the way of profits, profiteering, and unbridled greed are the enemies of the conservative American business model. This model has evolved since the 1950's, when the US had a strong labor culture and the middle class was growing, and is now shadow of its former self. Under constant attack by conservatives and the conservative media, most young Americans have been tricked into seeing "labor unions" as some kind of parasitic beast.
But this article isn't about that.
This article is about the makes of the tools the slave masters use. Names like IBM figure prominently in this list, as they were instrumental during Hitler's attempts to exterminate the Jews and helped the Nazi war machine to get as far as did by aiding them in conserving resources and working efficiently. Minds like that have now been brought to bear upon the American worker.
Check out this article, where the owners of a new company that markets tracking hardware and software speaks in glowing terms about their "product". They are nothing more than modern day builders of slave pens for the American Worker.
Of course, it's all about the money, and the will to do anything for money. IBM worked with genocidal maniacs to make a buck. This company appears to have the same high ethics.
As I read the article, I had to laugh at certain high points. Here's one:
"Waber explains that his company collects gigabytes of data on each person being monitored each day. They analyze email data, online chat data, and phone call data with the consent of the employees. "The idea," Waber says, "is to really understand: How are people collaborating? How are different teams collaborating with each other and how does that relate to the strategy of the organization? And really understanding: What are the things that make people happy and productive at work?"
LMAO. Yes, the intent is so benign, right? It's not to find out how many seconds their hands are idle, or how many words they use that are not related to the task at hand, right? I think any adult knows that if this information is made available to employers, the majority will not be able to resist attempts at modifying their employees behavior based on such findings. The cheery naivete is astounding.
Time clocks, permission slips, factory compounds and factory stores, now a micro-managing electronic monkey that literally watches every second of the day for any movement that does not mean profit for your employer. Your eyes will be monitored so they never leave the computer screen. You trips to the bathroom closely timed. Every aspect of the day will become a means of punishment for the employee.
May the Gods and Goddesses help humanity when we have people like this around.
The interview on NPR has a couple other knee-slappers too.
"Waber explains that this workplace data is not just beneficial to employers: "One of the reasons why over that last year we've gotten over 90 percent participation at every company we’ve gone to is because people understand that these things are what make them happy and effective."
INDEED!!!! 90% participation, right? Because they just wanted to do it, they didn't think they'd be FIRED or their chances of promotions or having their jobs eliminated next week wasn't a very, very real possibility if they refused the "collar".
This disgusts me. I'm betting it disgusts a lot of people. But one thing is for sure, it's coming to your workplace. Only a matter of time.