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Workplace Trends: Fingerprint Monitors For Working Drunks

The two beers you had during your working lunch could soon catch up with you, thanks to a new fingerprint reader that lets employers instantly measure your blood alcohol content amid the comforts of your own cubicle. I bet Roger Sterling and Don Draper wouldn't like this potential workplace trend one bit.

A company called AlcoDigital has uncorked a digital device called the AlcoSense TruTouch that can gauge the blood alcohol content in our skin to see if we're WUI (i.e., working under the influence) or generally tubthumping on company time. According to a story in the U.K.'s Metro, "Users put their fingers on an optical touch pad and the reader gives a result within ten seconds, meaning 300 employees an hour can be processed."

One employee's privacy is another manager's touch pad, or something like that. This device could prove very beneficial, however, for employers that have employees working very dangerous jobs, or jobs that could potentially put co-workers and the general public at risk in some way. On that note, please do not drink and drive. Stay safe out there.

Well, as Don Draper would say, if you don't like what they're talking about, then change the conversation. How about those Millennials, huh? A new USC study finds that Americans in the magical 18-to-34 demographic are willing to give up virtually all of their online privacy as long as they're getting something good in return. Of course, "something good" could range from a 75% off coupon to a well-paying, entry-level job. Hmm. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives just blocked an amendment that would ban U.S. employers from asking employees for their social media passwords.

Emerging state laws aside, could we be heading toward a "do ask, do tell" workplace in terms of social media password access, thanks to shockingly unwary drunk young people and a largely ineffectual Congress? Sigh. The world-wary, over-35 crowd could probably use its own happy hour after reading this blog post.

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