A Potentially Improper Way to Monitor Standard Work?


Minot Daily News

Before any of the “fake lean” companies out there get any lousy ideas, let's discuss this. No, I'm not being paranoid, this isn't keeping me up at night. But, it's scary / amusing that companies would think of implanting chips in workers to track their locations. Would anyone really think “this is a great way to track the location of my water spider on their route?”

Discussion on a bill that could limit the use of implanted microchips in humans ignited plenty of what-if scenarios at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The bill was presented by Sen. Randel Christmann, R-Hazen, with the intent to keep employers from forcing employees to have microchip implants for the purpose of closer supervision.

“The technology, if not there, is very close,” Christmann said. “We want to make sure employees are never pressured into this before it becomes a problem.”

We can be glad that the North Dakota state government is looking out for us :-) I don't think implanting people with computer chips would rank real high on “respect for people” would it?

No, I don't find it offensive to put GPS tracking on semi-trucks or even on the water spider cart itself, but not on/in people.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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