It has been revealed in Wuhan, China that an employer has asked his employees to send him screenshots of their phone battery usage before leaving work.
He attributed the poor performance of his company to how much time employees spend on their smartphones instead of working. One of the employees exposed him on social media.
People on the internet were furious about this. Many called it useless, while others advised employees of the company to quit and find a better place to work.
“It’s outrageous, when a company starts doing stuff like this, it usually means it’s going downhill and you can start planning to change jobs,” one person commented on Weibo.
“A clear invasion of privacy,” someone else weighed in.
Some people pointed out that people working for the company could simply bypass this controversial rule by simply bringing a second smartphone with them and just sending screenshots from it.
It was told that the employees were complying without protesting as they did not want to jeopardize their jobs.
After the online uproar, the company president issued a public statement explaining that his method was never about breaching his employees’ privacy, but about increasing productivity by making sure they weren’t checking social media and playing video games at work.
However, this was not believed and criticized even more. China has always made it to the news because of its austere productivity-enhancing techniques.