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Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed By Employees 159

Posted by timothy
from the it's-attaching-the-mic-that's-tricky dept.
New submitter Cazekiel writes "If you think your boss is a fearless, miserable beast whose only worries lie in how well his company or business competes, think again. The 'Business Video Behavior Project' survey conducted by Qumu reveals that those in-charge are growing more and more paranoid about something the Average Joe fears just walking down the street nowadays: employees who will 'secretly film him with his metaphorical pants down and then post the footage for public delectation.' It would seem that it doesn't matter if you're powerful, wealthy and lording over hundreds of cubicles; they know the internet exists, everyone has a cell phone camera and thick wallets don't make discarded banana peels magically move out of their path." The company that paid for the study, note, promises to "securely distribute business video simultaneously over multiple Edge routes," so they probably don't mind some workplace paranoia.
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Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed By Employees

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  • I have an idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Psychotria (953670) on Monday April 09, 2012 @07:16AM (#39617695)

    No, he's scared you might use your new technological tools to make naughty videos -- the worst of which would be to secretly film him with his metaphorical pants down and then post the footage for public delectation.

    My brilliant idea is that if you're a boss BEHAVE APPROPRIATELY, ethically and fairly. It's not that hard.

  • Re:I have an idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by causality (777677) on Monday April 09, 2012 @07:53AM (#39617881)

    I guess, your statement has more to do with simply not wanting to get caught

    That's about the only thing a sociopath fears. That's why the "threat" of video documentation is so effective.

    than being ethical.

    I don't see what ethical people would fear from this. Not at the workplace, anyway.

    I think this situation has merely arisen to cope with a modern reality: that altruism and enlightened self-interest are at an all-time low. Many people won't even fake them anymore to be thought of as "good" because it is the value of those things itself that is eroding. People like this are self-absorbed and often live as though other people don't exist and could not be inconvenienced or harmed by their bad decision-making, something you can witness in traffic daily. It's not that they are malicious, it's that they don't even notice how their actions affect other people. They don't even have sense enough not to block doorways or other basic things like that. People like this need a selfish reason to do the right thing, like avoiding embarassment, because they can no longer be trusted to have any other kind.

    Of course there have always been bandits, assholes, etc. The difference is they used to be rare enough to stand out. Self-absorbed obliviousness as a societal norm is the next logical step after ADD and perpetual victimhood ("nothing's ever my fault"). That's where we are today.

  • by Vinegar Joe (998110) on Monday April 09, 2012 @07:54AM (#39617887)

    The bosses have been spying on employees for years. Feels kinda different now, doesn't it?

  • Re:I have an idea (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tophermeyer (1573841) on Monday April 09, 2012 @08:20AM (#39618065)
    I think my concern would be that someone is trying to collect video of me that, out of context, puts me in a bad light. I say this because I once had a junior employee (not a direct report) try to throw me under the bus for one of his mistakes by presenting an email that appeared to show me giving him specific directions. It was dumb because, you know email. But without context it might be difficult to defend yourself from false allegations.
  • Re:I have an idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jellomizer (103300) on Monday April 09, 2012 @08:23AM (#39618081)
    Business ethics gets very complicated very quickly.

    Here is an example. Your job is to sell your product to a foreign country (You sell a good product at a good price). In this country offering bribes is common and legal, however it is considered immoral and illegal for you and your culture and country to offer the bribes. So you go to the business deal the the owner says, you are offering a fine offer however what is in it for me (wink, wink).

    Do you.
    1. Turn down the bribe and loose the business.
    2. Offer the bribe and hope they don't find out.
    3. Offer to close the deal near your headquarters in Orlando Florida, and give him prepaid tickets and cover expenses (and his family who should be leaving his side) to come to headquarters to fill out the deal.

    The problem is the more diverse set of people you meet the more muddy ethics get.
  • Re:I have an idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Monday April 09, 2012 @08:57AM (#39618315)

    Business ethics gets very complicated very quickly. Here is an example. Your job is to sell your product to a foreign country (You sell a good product at a good price). In this country offering bribes is common and legal, however it is considered immoral and illegal for you and your culture and country to offer the bribes. So you go to the business deal the the owner says, you are offering a fine offer however what is in it for me (wink, wink). Do you. 1. Turn down the bribe and loose the business. 2. Offer the bribe and hope they don't find out. 3. Offer to close the deal near your headquarters in Orlando Florida, and give him prepaid tickets and cover expenses (and his family who should be leaving his side) to come to headquarters to fill out the deal. The problem is the more diverse set of people you meet the more muddy ethics get.

    It only seems complicated because (most?) businesspeople think there are a separate set of rules just for them. Hence the fact that the term "business ethics" even exists. Option 1 is the correct answer.

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