How Long Before Law Firms do this With Associates?

Posted by Douglas Sorocco at May 27, 2006 01:11 PM

Big-brothervia Desktop Monitoring of Outsourcers

Found this from a company offering offshore programming services:

Through our Hire Manage Pay system, professional’s work time is automatically logged along with webcam and desktop snapshots proving accurate timesheet management.

So all programmers machines are monitored by webcam and screencaps, which you can then review to be sure they’re working on what they say they are for the amount of time they say they are. Fascinating. How long until this gets to U.S. IT shops?

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Bob Loblaw Says:

May 27, 2006 04:42 PM

Imagine if clients wanted billing codes PLUS screen captures/web cams...

Dennis Kennedy Says:

May 28, 2006 12:53 PM

First discussion of idea in law firms after reading your post (or, more likely, hearing about your post): one to three days.

Committee meetings to discuss implementing idea: three to nine months

Actual implementation of idea: one to three years

Kevin, Esq. Says:

May 31, 2006 06:37 PM

At one of the law firms I worked at all email entering and exiting the office was monitored by the managing partner at all times and all monitors were required to face the door so that the MP could see the screen during his strolls.

(8?ยป Says:

June 6, 2006 02:50 PM

I just love watching technology dehumanize the population in order to make things "better."

Nothing like taking responsibility away from people in order to make them more responsible.

But, it isn't like we weren't raised that way, always demanding that somebody in charge "do something" to save us from ourselves.

Oh well, it isn't like there's any "real" jobs left anyway. Now it's kind of an adult daycare, just without any true adults.

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