The sinister future of telework monitored closely

L’avenir sinistre du télétravail étroitement surveillé

Telework loses a lot of its charm if the boss watching you at a distance and sees all of your online activities, if you look at the form this morning, if you mouse and how much time you take to go pee. That is the future towards which we are heading, alas ! The technology that makes it possible to work remotely allows for spying and for productive workers to a new level.

In the past, that is to say, there are two and a half months, working from home has the advantage of avoiding the pangs of the ” réunionnite “, the disease of useless meetings that drag on, endemic in some organisations. Thanks to video conferencing Zoom group (which we did first, offering to clink glasses at a distance with his friends), the scourge of sterile meetings just to introduce it into homes.

The devil has knocked at the door. Toc, Toc. He was invited to enter. Was it the choice ?

Espionage productive

Zoom proves to be a minor demon. If you want a real beast, terrifying, capable of devouring your “private life” more effectively than any physical office with real presence of the authority, instead, look at the side of tools like Hubstaff, a program of electronic monitoring of staff. These have the role to observe your actions during your shift.

Their algorithms determine if you seem to be successful or not. Do you type more words or are you inactive ? Too still for too long ? A message warns you not to forget to kick your behind, or close a window of social network. What pages you visit ? What programs do you use ? Your boss receives a report about it. Your phone is also set to benefit ; your movements are tracked. That is the future of telework for many.

Many will regret soon the freedom of the office where you could be chatting near the coffee machine.


Two years ago, I stopped going to a coffee shop in my neighborhood because the owner was spying on the barista who, knowing themselves to be under surveillance, is chuchotaient things sometimes to the ear without the knowledge of the micros… This kind of “contrôlisme” electronic, I am afraid, is banalisera.

It is all too human : once you have developed the habit to see everything and to know all of your employees during the work, it becomes a need, then, if the practice is widespread, a standard. There is no going back.

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