Cutting Costs or Watching Workers?

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“Managing by walking around” is an old expression describing one no-frills way that supervisors can keep their finger on the pulse of the workplace: by simply strolling around the office to check in on employees and the status of the projects they’re working on.

Managers at British banking and financial services firm Barclay’s are apparently taking a different approach; one that saves them the steps and instead relies on technology to keep tabs on workers.

As Bloomberg recently reported, Barclay’s has installed devices that track how often bankers are at their desks, using heat and motion sensors “to record how

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