Teleworking scandal: they thought they had found the perfect solution, they got fired immediately

Teleworking scandal: they thought they had found the perfect solution, they got fired immediately
Teleworking scandal: they thought they had found the perfect solution, they got fired immediately

For many employees, teleworking which began to develop after the first 2020 lockdown was a godsend. But a bargain for what? If some know how to keep and only abuse this time at home to keep their songs and their pajamas on all day, others take other comforts.

BFTMTV thus reported the small overstepping of limits by a dozen employees of Wells Fargo, a large American bank. For a time, the ingenious people managed to thwart the virtual surveillance set up by their company. But when they were caught, the sanction was quick: dismissal for everyone.

However, the employees had found a good solution to avoid getting caught

He who thinks he takes is taken. Initially, these bank employees succeeded in committing fraud. The bank they were employed by had opted for software that recorded keystrokes or mouse movements. This system (for which many French companies have already opted) is supposed to detect whether people are present, and above all, active and productive, in front of their computer. These employees were very active and productive, but elsewhere.

To make their bosses believe that they were working hard, they had invested in “mouse jigglers”. Very economical (you can find them for $20 on the American market), these “mouse shakers” allow you to keep the screen active without having to make any movements yourself. Except that the bank ended up smelling the wrong thing.

Screenshots: increasingly widespread methods of surveillance

Were they sleeping? To finally write the novel of their life? To play PlayStation? To walk their dog, their child? The story does not say. BFMTV
only reports that these employees saw their subterfuge exposed. They were all fired.

Still according to the media, a
worker
out of two now claim to be monitored by their employer, particularly with cookies. In France, employees are most frequently monitored with “virtual badgers”, who simply have to be badged when we arrive, when we leave our position or when we go on a break. In the United States, slightly more intrusive modes of surveillance are widespread. For example, a system called “the employee cop” offers to take screenshots of employees at any time of the day in order to check that they are on task.

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