Companies are hiding sensors in lights, ID badges, and small boxes to track employee movement.
In January 2016, BuzzFeed reported that The Daily Telegraph installed small black boxes containing monitoring sensors at journalists’ desks.
Employees did not like being monitored and after a pushback from the National Union of Journalists, The Daily Telegraph removed the devices.
This did not stop the use of similar technology, however, as it evolved to become less conspicuous.
IoT company Enlighted, which sells a range of sensors, told Bloomberg its sensors are tracking employees at more than 350 companies.
The sensors are hidden and most employees will not notice them.
“They are tracking things such as conference room usage, employee whereabouts, and latency – how long someone goes without speaking to another co-worker,” said Bloomberg.