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Talk about frightening workplace technology: This story in the Economist highlights new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in which researchers strapped high-tech “identity badges” to workers to study their moves and interactions. What they found: People with rhythmic movements were more productive, as were those who were the most socially connected in the office.
The experiment was performed on workers at a U.S. technology company and a German bank, and luckily, does not yet seem practical enough to have become something more than an experiment. Obviously, the concept of having some kind of sensor track your every move at work would be unnerving, if not terribly invasive, to many people. The author of the Economist piece writes that the researchers have a suggestion for allaying such concerns: “It will also help, they believe, if everyone is treated equally, so that the boss’s actions, foibles and shortcomings are as transparent as those of his minions. Now that really would be a revolution in management science.”
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