‘Big Brother’ is watching you

UK office workers face the threat of increasing control, monitoring, scrutiny and micro-management, according to findings of a long-term study.

Supply chain technology developed for monitoring goods is now being applied to individuals instead of products, warns research from the London School of Economics (LSE).

The report – The Future Role of Trust in Work – is based on a year-long study by the LSE and Microsoft. It argues that outdated command and control management culture is causing managers to misuse technology, over-scrutinising wor-ker performance. This means staff are reacting to communication from employers rather than interacting with customers – ultimately damaging UK productivity.

Carsten Sorensen, from the LSE, said that UK business needed to find new ways of managing people in the face of changing technologies at work.

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