Monday, 12 May 2008

Bosses to Use Lie Detectors!

Unbelievable! Found this little gem on MSN news. Looks like the bosses are lining up for some major assaults on workers rights with this and also the employers blacklist which Jim Jay has blogged about

Lie detectors to spot fake sickies

Lie detectors could one day be used to spot people who are "pulling a sickie" from work.
The technology is already being used to identify people making fraudulent benefit claims.
After successful trials at seven councils, anti-fraud minister James Plaskitt announced last week that the scheme would be extended.

Now employers have given a cautious welcome to the idea of using the Voice Risk Analysis (VRA) system to identify people who may be lying when they phone in sick.
Susan Anderson, director of human resources policy at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said the technology could be very useful.

She said research from the CBI and insurance firm AXA showed that employers believe 12% of absence was not genuine and that these 'sickies' amounted to 21 million lost days every year, costing businesses £1.6 billion.

But she added that employers did not want to behave like Big Brother so the technology would be best used as part of a range of incentives and penalties.

The technology works by identifying changes in a caller's voice which may indicate they are not telling the truth.

Lawrence Knowles, managing director of software and outsourcing firm Midland HR, told Personnel Today that VRA would soon be a useful tool in reducing sickness absence.
"If lie detectors can detect benefit fraud, then why not look at the application of the technology in absence management?" he said.


Leftwing Criminologist said...

it's shocking really isn't it. I believe the GMB are supposed to be campaigning against the register you mentioned.

Phil BC said...

Doesn't surprise me in the slightest. And bosses wonder why workers lack motivation and company loyalty ...

Btw, hope you get blogging again soon!