Submitted Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:03am by BossFrog
Technology is a blessing and a curse, depending on who you ask. An increasing number of companies, especially in the blue-collar sector, are using GPS tracking to monitor their workers. Nearly 40% of companies that send employees out on service calls track their location via mobile devices or vehicles. For instance, a pest-control company in Virginia installed tracking software in employees’ phones so the general manager could keep tabs on where workers were going during the day (the experiment resulted in multiple firings). And if you work in an office, your online activities are likely being watched by your company’s IT department. Creepy as it may sound, there are few legal restrictions when it comes to how companies are allowed to watch over their employees- or even if they have to disclose to workers that they’re doing it.