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Big brother is watching your work

Smart buildings that monitor the movement of employees sound great. But when the boss gets too smart about it, monitoring staff can be a recipe for disaster.

Meet Mr Big.

Big BrotherHe is the boss of all he surveys. And, these days, he doesn’t just rely on his eyes.

Sitting behind his large mahogany desk, from where he runs a large organisation, he can watch his staff on a video monitor which allows him to select from dozens of channels, depending which office or department he wants to “observe”.

With a click of a button, he can observe which web sites a particular employee is visiting, or even who that person is e-mailing. Checking on when an employee arrives and leaves, or visits the cafeteria or the bathroom? Old hat for Mr Big. Keep reading →

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Most execs believe they can outperform the boss

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of executives believe they can perform their boss’ job better than their current manager, according to the latest Executive Quiz from Leaders Unlimited Korn/Ferry International , a global provider of talent management solutions.

Moreover, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of executives surveyed indicated that they aspire to attain their boss’ job.

Nevertheless, when asked to rate their boss’ performance, the largest percentage of executives (42 percent) marked it as either “excellent” or “above average,” while another 23 percent cited it as “average.” Fourteen percent of executives ranked their boss’ performance as “below average” and 11 percent deemed it “poor.” Keep reading →

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