TikTok is joining the ranks of companies that are implementing a return-to-office mandate, set to take effect in October. However, the social media company is taking it a step further using tracking software to monitor employee attendance.
According to a New York Times report, TikTok will be using a tool called MyRTO to track employee attendance through badge swipes. If employees fail to check in at the office, they will be required to provide an explanation to their superiors. The records of attendance will be accessible to workers, supervisors, and HR.
TikTok is not alone in its decision to monitor employee attendance. Companies like Apple and Google have also explored this option. However, TikTok is reportedly going even further suggesting that lunch stipends may be withheld for employees who do not check in frequently enough.
The preference for office-based work over remote work is becoming increasingly apparent among companies, with many citing productivity benefits from in-person interactions. However, for employees who prefer remote work, a company’s failure to value their decision can lead to dissatisfaction and potentially even a desire to leave.
It remains to be seen how the ongoing battle between employees and employers over remote work policies will play out. As of now, TikTok has not responded to requests for comment on these reports.
– New York Times report