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Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior 312

theodp writes "GeekWire reports that a pending Microsoft patent for monitoring workplace behavior would do Dwight Schrute proud. Three Microsoft inventors propose curbing obnoxious workplace habits in an equally obnoxious fashion — using a computer device for monitoring and analyzing workers' interactions over video conferences, telephone, text messages and other forms of digital communication to look for patterns of negative and positive behavior, and assigning behavior scores to employees based on what the system finds. Bad behavior, Microsoft explains, might include wearing dark glasses in a video conference, wearing unacceptable clothing to a business meeting, cutting off others during conversation, prolonged monologues, and even how one nods one's head in agreement, shakes one's head indicating disagreement, and makes hand gestures."
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Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior

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  • Re:wrong logo (Score:4, Informative)

    by JASegler (2913) <jasegler@gma i l .com> on Friday November 18, 2011 @11:50AM (#38099754)

    He is the Chairman of the Board and was representing the company during the annual shareholders meeting.
    That doesn't fit the whole he doesn't really work there anymore statement.

    When he isn't on the board and isn't representing the company at the shareholders meetings I'll believe he doesn't work there anymore.

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