The staff of Barclays bank in London were shocked recently when they discovered a black metallic object fastened to the underside of their desk.
With a view to satisfying their curiosity, the bank staff served the Managers with queries asking the significance of the installed device.
The bank staff later got to know that they were tracking devices called OccupEye, which uses heat and motion sensors to record how long employees were spending at their posts.
According to a Barclays Bank staff who pleaded anonymity, the device was said to have been installed underneath their desk without any form of notification.
However, Barclays bank spokesperson, Tom Hoskin said there have been no official human resources complaints.
The devices which were made by Blackburn, UK-based Cad-Capture, are pitched as a way for companies to reduce office space, providing a multi-coloured dashboard to show managers which workstations are unoccupied and also provides analysis of usage trends.
“The sensors aren’t monitoring people or their productivity; they are assessing office space usage,” the bank said in an emailed statement. “This sort of analysis helps us to reduce costs, for example, managing energy consumption, or identifying opportunities to further adopt flexible work environments.”
Technology has been spontaneously used by Investment banks these days as it helps keep track on how their staff spends their time.
Similarly, Barclays had reportedly introduced a computer system which helps to track how much is earned from every client, allowing bosses to determine how much time traders, analysts and salespeople should spend with each customer.