Is Your Boss Spying from Under Your Desk? Spoiler: If you work at Barclays, the answer is yes!

When is the last time you checked for a box under your desk?

Barclays PLC recently surprised employees by installing devices to track how often their bankers are at their desks*. When the boxes were discovered, the company said they installed them for ‘efficient space management.’ As innocuous as that may sound, in lawyer-speak people efficiency is also known as…firing.

They can monitor you at your desk, but they can’t monitor your mind… at least not just yet. I’m sure it’s on a technology roadmap at <insert “Evil” Corp> somewhere though.

5 things you can do while physically at your desk, but need a break from work:
(We strongly recommended that you go ahead with these activities while using Mouseplay)

Plan on changing jobs (of course, see our Linkedin post to ensure you browse safely) Assumption: Can access personal smartphone
Plan your next trip (we recommend you use your personal smartphone)
Catch up on those overdue friend + family emails and messages – we promise you will sleep better!
If no personal cell phones are allowed, use pen and paper to make your bucket list!
If you still can’t risk using your personal cell phone, do some chair stretches cause you know sitting too long… well it can kill. Results of 2 vs. 4 hrs of additional sitting time*…
A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack
You might be suprised what you signed off in terms of monitoring when you were in the exburancy of joining your firm. More than 78%* of employeers monitor their employees

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Fast Way to Get “Fired?” The New Linkedin “Active” Status

The new Linkedin “Active” status works like messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, WeChat, Telegraph, etc. where it notifies your contacts (in this case, even potential contacts), if you’re online. Furthermore, unlike the other messaging apps, the Linkedin messaging app will also show whether you’re available on your mobile device or not.

This feature is yet another example and extension of the “always on” culture of contemporary corporate life. The vast majority of employers already monitor your every mouse move and keyboard stroke. Now, your employer will be able to monitor your Linkedin status and gain some insight as to whether you’re perhaps looking to jump ship.

While firing someone over their Linkedin “Active” status may seem extreme, it’s hard to discount the negative perception that results when an employer believes the employee is spending much more time than is necessary in “Active” status.

Employers who find out may choose to take action, although depending on your region, “the mere fact that you were looking for another job does not, by itself, constitute a serious form of misconduct” (ref below). Technically, they are required to pay severance for employees terminated for this reason, under the law of dismissal, unless there were other factors such as serious misconduct, theft or dishonesty. While there may be limited legal grounds for dismissal over Linkedin status behaviour, the reputational damage has already been done.

If you’re going to be using the new Active feature, we’d like to recommend some best practices:

Control who sees this “Active” status on Linkedin if you’re on the lookout for a new gig by adding your management and co-workers to the hidden list
Realize the hidden list tool is far from perfect and you can only hide your status from people you’re explicitly linked to but you can’t block everyone from your current employer.

While Linkedin is a holistic business networking tool, many people will primarily associate this new Active status networking for job changes. Make sure you understand how it can work for you, and against you. Verify your settings.

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