Businesses are requiring U.S. employees to work harder without providing rewards and perks that were once routine. "It's a much tougher world," an expert says.
Employers count keystrokes and monitor personal social media accounts. They time bathroom breaks. The cost of efficiency may be worker satisfaction.
In a drive to cut costs and improve efficiency, companies are employing an ever-increasing array of tracking and monitoring technology to see what their employees are doing at all times, according to a story in Monday¿s Los Angeles Times.
If workers feel that they have little job security and could be replaced at any time, they¿re unlikely to spend a lot of money on the big ticket items that fuel consumer spending and, thus, the GDP.