Bizarre HR: Ever feel like you’re being watched?
Global – Employees, be warned. A new app can now help bosses track your movements on the go.
Google has launched a new software, which can pinpoint employees’ exact locations through tracking their mobile phones. The app, Google Maps Coordinate, which costs US$15 (S$18.90) a month per employee, will allow employers to receive exact location information of employees who are outside the office, as well as send them real-time instructions.
Google’s senior product manager Daniel Chu said the newly-released app will be so accurate it will be able to get locations of employees even when they are in buildings with GPS reception, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Research firm IDC found the number of mobile workers would exceed 1.3 billion by 2015, or 37% of the total workforce. While the app is currently only available for Android users, Chu said Google is working on building a version for the iPhone and iPad platforms within the next 12 months.
Employees who are worried about being tracked can turn off their tracking device, and will be notified when they are being “spied” on.
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