I’ve seen leaders attempt to get people to share pictures of ourselves working at home, supposedly to help make us feel more connected. Am I the only one who is suspicious that this is some kind of roundabout way to check-up on us? I mean, they made us get VP and EVP approval to take a keyboard home so maybe they want to look for Enbridge assets in the picture... haha. Or make sure there’s not a glass of wine or too many houseplants. Mostly joking but I wouldn’t put it past our leaders.
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IT can see everything you're doing on company assets such as computers and maybe cell phones. It's the company's equipment and you agree with that openness every year. So, forget about pictures. As an example - go find your Microsoft 365 insights app. Everyone has it. Lots of interesting tracking and monitoring of your use of Outlook and other apps. Bottom line- just do your job and everything will be fine.
PLs handled submitting the list of assets being taken home - it was rolled out in a confusing way and I think some departments decided they only had to submit assets that aren’t covered under the usual working from home policy. Some interpreted it differently. I doubt any real approvals happened - they probably just filed the list away in case someone tries to claim a keyboard got stolen off their desk in the office while they were at home. Not a big deal, just one of those Enbridge things that make you scratch your head about priorities. In a big company like this, you end up with a lot of dumb bureaucracy that might make sense to a 2 year employee in Calgary but is laughable to people in the BUs who are trying to get real work done. It happens all the time and I think you just have to embrace the humour of it for your own sanity.
Leaders are coached on how to create better engagement, and this is one way to do so while everyone is working remotely. It's a sincere gesture.
Maybe they don’t want employees who are slated for layoff to have unaccounted for company property at their homes.
I thought there was an email saying exactly what to take home with you? I don't recall it saying anything about getting approval
I doubt they have any ulterior motives with the photos in particular - I think some leaders are just better at communicating than others and some come across as insincere/scheming even when they probably aren’t. I’m sure how you perceive some of these communications is based on how much trust you had in Enbridge before the crisis started too. In retrospect, I wonder if it is now clearer why you shouldn’t treat your employees with distain and contempt - when there is a real crisis having some trust build up comes in handy, otherwise staff questions your motives rather than pulling in the same direction. Anyway, so far they seem to be handling the COVID-19 situation well overall, other than their baffling fixation on bringing things like headsets and keyboards home without EVP approval - that communicated a lack of trust in us, and therefore makes me suspicious/ paranoid about what their bigger plans for “handling” us at home might be. But I’m one of those people who didn’t have much trust in the first place. Time will tell how I feel at the end of this.
I think the company efforts in general are sincere. My boss, not so much.
Yes you're paranoid
You can't visit this page from a company device
Why on earth would anyone visit this page from a work device?
I’d be more worried about the report from IT detailing your on line time, number of keystrokes, sites visited.... like this one.