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The Rise of Workplace Surveillance

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The New York Times

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🗓️ 24 August 2022

⏱️ 32 minutes

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Across industries and income brackets, a growing number of American workers are discovering that their productivity is being electronically monitored by their bosses. This technology is giving employers a means to gauge what their employees are doing and it’s already impacting how much and when people get paid. Times investigative reporters have discovered that this tracking software is more common than one might think.

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From New York Times, I'm Michael Obaro.

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This is Adali.

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Today, across industries and income brackets,

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a growing number of American workers are discovering that their productivity

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is being electronically monitored by their bosses.

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My colleague, Jody Canter, on what a Times investigation has revealed

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about a fundamental change in how we work.

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It's Wednesday, August 24th.

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Jody?

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Good morning.

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In studio.

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Tell me about this woman that you recently met in your report in Carol Kramer.

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So, Carol Kramer took a job as a vice president at a business software company in Texas.

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She has an MBA. She had a long history in finance.

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And this job was supervising this company's books, its transactions.

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And she was well paid. The salary was about $200 an hour.

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That's good money.

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But pretty quickly, she realized that her paychecks seemed low.

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Hmm.

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So, she's sitting there in her home office.

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These are remote jobs.

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She's looking at her paychecks trying to figure out what's going on and what she realizes

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