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Monitoring People at Work Bad for Performance

Sun, 9th Dec 2001

Part of the show Dentistry & Teeth

If you get fed up of your boss checking up on you at work, you should tell him or her about this next item: Recent research has shown that monitoring people at work doesn't improve their performance. In fact it can have the opposite effect. A survey of over 100 volunteers at an IT firm in Denver has shown that employees resent being surveilled. So they do what they are supposed to do and nothing more. Perhaps this calls for more trust in the workplace and fewer video cameras.

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