By Dr Lindsay McMillan
Die-hard tech enthusiasts were once the only people who would consider getting a microchip implant, but a new report says more people might consider getting one – for work.
An international PwC survey of 10,000 respondents has found 70 per cent of people would consider treatments to enhance their brains or bodies, all in the pursuit of greater work performance.
Microchipping employees for greater work performance would be the ultimate micromanagement with your employer able to have a digital record of all your movements.
It is vitally important that workers don’t feel pressured to adopt drastic and invasive measures such as microchipping.
Our research tells us that workers are already feeling technology-related stress and we should be developing strategies in the workplace to combat this, not exacerbate it.
54 per cent of millennials say they are experiencing technology-related stress; workers are unable to switch off because they think being “on call” is what makes them valuable.
The 2016 study of over 1,000 Australian workers by Reventure also found 46 per cent already feel technology makes them feel “always on” and unable to completely shut-off from work.
If emails after work are causing Australian workers such stress, you can imagine the impact of invasive measures such as microchipping.
Despite this, one expert from PwC said microchips and implants that improve work efficiency could be much more acceptable practice in ten or fifteen years.
Microchips are a part of a global trend; earlier this year Swedish company Epicenter announced plans to implant 150 workers with microchips to monitor work hours.
Implanted technology would be much more intrusive to the private lives of employees and warned against unhealthy workplace practices.
Work-life balance is vitally important and all Australians should get a chance to be completely away from work. We need to address this with a concerted response from employers and industry to change the culture - or it will only get worse.