Careful: Big Data Is Watching You at Work

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Ever feel uncomfortable at work, like people were watching over your shoulder? You know it has to happen. Companies pay employees and, as a result, want to feel that the money is going to good use.

If you haven't liked the monitoring and measurements to say nothing of the resulting coaching sessions, better brace yourself. It's all going to get much worse thanks to a set of technologies collectively called Big Data. Companies are trying to massage buckets of information to find out how to operate more effectively, efficiently and cheaply. And the data mining and number crunching probably have you in the crosshairs. Fortunately, time may be on your side.