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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