The ethics of productivity... what would you do?

Wednesday 14 July, 2021
by Anonymous

You work in the Change and Communications team for a large financial institution that is moving to a hybrid working model.

Your manager has informed your team of a confidential organisational project underway that is expected to be delivered in six months time. As a team you have been tasked to develop the messaging and subsequent campaign to engage and inform employees of the change.

The change is a board-led project and will see monitoring software introduced across the organisation to measure productivity.

From your own perspective as an employee, you feel uncomfortable about this and question the purpose of such software. You wonder what can really be measured through a monitoring system and the risk it could create a culture of ‘presenteeism’?

You have a relationship built on trust with your manager. You feel the monitoring software would impact the level of trust you have towards the organisation, and also make you question if they really trust you.

What would you do?

As an employee do you just accept it? Or through your role do you push for consultation first with employees?

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There are 1 comments for The ethics of productivity... what would you do?.

Re: The ethics of productivity... what would you do?

Friday 16 July, 2021
by Peter
I'd have to speak up and ask what the monitoring program was designed to achieve. Also think about how people would feel when they found out. What's the impact ofould losing trust with our organisation?

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