Scary: New Software Forces You to Pay Attention During Company Training

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    Aug 18, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    Doesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    This technology is a few years old..

    It started out as a safety feature on high end luxury cars including Mercedes S-Class.

    Autos would feature several cameras that detect driver fatigue. Eye movement will engage and disengage safety features.
    ^ ^ ^
    Amazing! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 18, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    Sounds like something my employer would use. I'm waiting for the invention of a gun in the monitor that shoots you when you get distracted.
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    Aug 18, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    You're being watched.... 24.......7........... icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 18, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Blakes7 saidSounds like something my employer would use. I'm waiting for the invention of a gun in the monitor that shoots you when you get distracted.

    Don't make me say it.


    In your case, a harpoon fired by Roy Scheider.
  • ryno

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    Aug 18, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    If they're having issues with employees giving attention to the training, it may be the way they are presenting it, not the employees. Even if you're forced to keep your eyes on the material/screen, you will forget up to 70% of it within a day or two.
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    Aug 18, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidDoesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training


    I think this is a good thing. There had been too many times that I had caught people in my department goofing off on company time. They get a lunch hour, and unfortunately 4, 15-minute breaks during the course of the day. (Too many IMO)
    The company installed programs last year that monitor exactly what sites are being logged onto, and what their emails, (both sent and rec'd), are reading, and also ALL phone calls are recorded. This has cut down goofing off 95%
    I actually did not have it installed in my department at first. But after having to repeat myself about these infractions/discretions, I decided to have the IT Dept install them. Now there is virtually NO violations.

    Time is money...period. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan
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    Aug 19, 2013 8:30 AM GMT
    musclefetish1 said
    GoNYMets2012 saidDoesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training


    I think this is a good thing. There had been too many times that I had caught people in my department goofing off on company time. They get a lunch hour, and unfortunately 4, 15-minute breaks during the course of the day. (Too many IMO)
    The company installed programs last year that monitor exactly what sites are being logged onto, and what their emails, (both sent and rec'd), are reading, and also ALL phone calls are recorded. This has cut down goofing off 95%
    I actually did not have it installed in my department at first. But after having to repeat myself about these infractions/discretions, I decided to have the IT Dept install them. Now there is virtually NO violations.

    Time is money...period. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    so they use their phones now...what a waste of resources...
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    Aug 19, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Apparition said
    musclefetish1 said
    GoNYMets2012 saidDoesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training


    I think this is a good thing. There had been too many times that I had caught people in my department goofing off on company time. They get a lunch hour, and unfortunately 4, 15-minute breaks during the course of the day. (Too many IMO)
    The company installed programs last year that monitor exactly what sites are being logged onto, and what their emails, (both sent and rec'd), are reading, and also ALL phone calls are recorded. This has cut down goofing off 95%
    I actually did not have it installed in my department at first. But after having to repeat myself about these infractions/discretions, I decided to have the IT Dept install them. Now there is virtually NO violations.

    Time is money...period. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    so they use their phones now...what a waste of resources...


    Yes, they use their cell phones on THEIR four 15-minute a day breaks. And THEIR lunch hour.
    Personal cells are forbidden to be used at any other time.

    Listen, what they do on THEIR time is their business. When it's on my time (company time), then it's about business. Period.
    Once the first few cubical dwellers were written up for the first infraction, then suspended a day w/out pay for their second digression, it ceased to be a problem.

    Listen, the company pays very well. So when they put forth these rules, there is no questioning. I have to follow them too whether I like them or not.

    Tristan
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    Aug 20, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
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    GoNYMets2012 saidDoesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training


    I think this is a good thing. There had been too many times that I had caught people in my department goofing off on company time. They get a lunch hour, and unfortunately 4, 15-minute breaks during the course of the day. (Too many IMO)
    The company installed programs last year that monitor exactly what sites are being logged onto, and what their emails, (both sent and rec'd), are reading, and also ALL phone calls are recorded. This has cut down goofing off 95%
    I actually did not have it installed in my department at first. But after having to repeat myself about these infractions/discretions, I decided to have the IT Dept install them. Now there is virtually NO violations.

    Time is money...period. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    "Time is money...period"

    Sounding like a good republican! Congrats
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    Aug 20, 2013 1:47 PM GMT
    SO glad I'm self employed! And I get my employees to pay attention because I constantly remind them how important they are to me. It's amazing how hard people will work when they feel appreciated and adequately rewarded for their efforts.
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    Aug 20, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    I worked for a company like that. I would always break stuff to get back at them.
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    Aug 20, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidSO glad I'm self employed! And I get my employees to pay attention because I constantly remind them how important they are to me. It's amazing how hard people will work when they feel appreciated and adequately rewarded for their efforts.



    +++++++
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    Scruffypup saidSO glad I'm self employed! And I get my employees to pay attention because I constantly remind them how important they are to me. It's amazing how hard people will work when they feel appreciated and adequately rewarded for their efforts.



    Very important-motivation!! You're a wise man, Scruffy.
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    Aug 20, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    musclefetish1 said
    GoNYMets2012 saidDoesn't this violate some sort of human rights or something like that?

    What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube (GOOG) videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.


    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-15/new-software-forces-you-to-pay-attention-during-company-training


    I think this is a good thing. There had been too many times that I had caught people in my department goofing off on company time. They get a lunch hour, and unfortunately 4, 15-minute breaks during the course of the day. (Too many IMO)
    The company installed programs last year that monitor exactly what sites are being logged onto, and what their emails, (both sent and rec'd), are reading, and also ALL phone calls are recorded. This has cut down goofing off 95%
    I actually did not have it installed in my department at first. But after having to repeat myself about these infractions/discretions, I decided to have the IT Dept install them. Now there is virtually NO violations.

    Time is money...period. icon_cool.gif

    Tristan


    "Time is money...period"

    Sounding like a good republican! Congrats


    Hardly! You repulsive republican prick. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I love money! Not ashamed of that.
    I love having it, earning it, investing it, having it make more for me on its own. And I love sharing it icon_cool.gif
    Anyone with a brain does.

    The difference between being a Democrat with money, and a republican with it, is that most of us, not all, but most Democrats believe in philanthropy. You know GIVING to charities and the less fortunate. (I personally give to various animal & environmental causes, art & music charities, Aids and HIV research and clinics.) Your ilk only want to give to what? Oh yes, nothing.

    As far as my philosophy at work....in my position there, it's my fiduciary responsibility to the company that they get out of the employees, (myself included), what they are paying them for.

    Tristan