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Workplace Trends: The Toilet Timer

If a co-worker constantly annoys you by sneaking off to the loo a little too often, then you're going to like a bathroom alarm system that goes off whenever he or she spends too much time in the can!

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The hi-tech surveillance system is already annoying a Norwegian company's customer service employees, who can find themselves tripping alarm bells and flashing lights (no, really) if they spend more than eight accumulated minutes in the bog throughout the day. Or take an extended smoking break. Or explode a snack in the break room microwave that they leave for someone else to clean up. Does it really matter what they're doing? If employees are away from their desks for more than a certain number of minutes, then everyone in the company will know, which can motivate or demotivate people -- but most likely demotivate people and send morale straight down the proverbial toilet.

The company says the alarm system is needed to monitor "staffing needs" to make sure customers are taken care of. Others are calling it a violation of human rights. The whole thing reminds me of the infamous red bracelet incident. What's going on, Norway? You're supposed to be one of those model Northern European work cultures everyone envies! The company will now review the policy. Employees, meanwhile, just might be reviewing their resumes.

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  1. Definitely the time of employees should be checked. As sometimes employees use the liberty in a bad way.

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