With many people still working from home, US offices have chosen to subtly monitor their employees via Microsoft Teams. If an employee isn’t present in Teams long enough, their status will change to “inactive” – they’ll be outed as someone not currently at their computer.
Numerous users across the web have suggested workarounds to appear “active” in Teams even when they are away from their computers. Mouse jigglers and fake PowerPoint presentations offer employees the opportunity to walk away from the computer without alarming their workplace.
Now another user has gone viral and has triggered a discussion with his solution: a fake meeting.
In a video with over 707,000 views, TikToker Nate (@astr0nate) shares his method for not sitting idle in teams.
In conclusion, Nate says that you should only start a meeting with yourself. From there, change your status from “in a call” to “available”.
“Now you’ve got a green dot and you’re not going to sit idle,” says Nate. “Enjoy.”
In the comments section, Nate advises using the tip sparingly.
“Don’t do this all day…come on guys,” he writes. “Many things in life that are reasonable in moderation can be abused.”
At first, some commentators were grateful for the advice.
“This worked amazingly for me,” said one user.
“The number of people who have to do this because of management is amazing,” added another.
Other users soon jumped in with their own tips.
“The easier way. Open notepad. Click Notepad. Place the paperweight on the spacebar. The computer thinks you’re typing while it just adds unlimited spaces on a note,” shared one commenter.
“Put a mouse on an analog clock, it will keep your mouse moving without downloading anything,” said another person.
The conversation quickly evolved into a discussion about monitoring employees in general.
“Or work for a company that respects your performance regardless of traditional work hours,” wrote one user.
“If the company measures productivity by team availability, you need to leave this company ASAP,” suggested another TikToker.
“Teams just need to turn this feature off,” one person said. “It’s so 1980 surveilling people.”
The Daily Dot contacted Nate via Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: November 24, 2022 at 10:25 am CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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