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The Jiggle Is Up: Bosses Bust Workers Who Fake Computer Activity

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I can't read the WSJ easily (I haven't worked through the hoops from my work to get free access and I'm not paying lol) so I can only go by the title. These tools are stupid, and really unnecessary. Bosses should not worry how much you move a mouse around or not - they should worry about getting the work product done. This should require no spying at all really - is the task completed or not? If not, is it outside the employees control, or are they just not getting work done? That's it.

Whatever you're going to track as metrics *will* be gamed. Mouse jigglers are the lowest tech "solution". I can think of other stuff that's not all that hard to do that'll be more complex, especially with some of the AI stuff now - I could imagine scripting something to "work on writing a word doc / email / proposal for hours" with a physical IPKVM that operates the "physical mouse and keyboard and screen" and loops to Chat GPT for instance.
 

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I couldn't agree more, @jp10558. Managers who resort to relying on these stupid employee-monitoring tools are simply lazy. If a manager cannot figure out whether or not their employees are working and meeting their goals, then it is the manager who should be replaced, IMO.

Kurt
 
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