We put cameras in places where risk is high -- banks, retail stores, convenience stores, ATMs, etc., etc., are all being recorded and we don't complain about them, because the risk of corruption and crime is very high.
Police officers are at high risk for corruption, and they always have been. Their personal opinion of someone can be used to punish that person physically, emotionally, and financially. It's not too much to ask that their actions as employees be more closely monitored.
Your data is their ASSET. Business exploit assets in whatever possible way.
Not only business: Political campaigns use the same marketing tactics and sociological research business does.
Out of the hundred or so participants, I was the only person with my personality type. The event coordinator -- an HR manager who had never before met me -- made me stand below a sign bearing my 4-letter code, and explained to everyone there what I was capable and incapable of doing, both in the industry and in my personal life.
It's pop psychology at its worst.
Today's managers aren't satisfied with the status quo, regardless of how successful it may be. They compete with each other to make *changes* -- not necessarily improvements -- to make it look like they're taking an active role in managing their responsibilities.
The latest book, the latest software tool, the latest Zen Management Philosophy seminar, it doesn't matter: It's "the latest."
Can't tell you how many times I heard impassioned questions like, "What? You haven't read 'The Tipping Point' yet?"
Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?