Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Now, bedbugs in the workplace?

Well, now the HR world is starting to pay heed to the issue of bedbugs, which have sometimes been found in office spaces, particularly in New York and Washington. Since they attach to clothing and other personal items, they could transit between home and office. Will employers face liability? What about employees or contractors who bring them in, inadvertently. This is all getting a bit silly.

Workforce Management has a story by Jeff Casale here.

One of the suggestions is to reduce cubicle clutter, which can attract vermin and make its detection harder. Now, when people work at desks visible to the public (like at banks) there can be little clutter. IT people sometimes keep a lot of stuff around. Back in the 1990s, I kept a lot of printout, although much of it in binders, to prove I had done all the required testing before elevations. Yup, short term memory wasn’t enough, I wanted the proof for CYA. Actually, today such a practice could raise privacy issues if the test data was extracted from live customer production data (which in those days it always was). Modern tech companies should have automated ways to store QA test results, but that’s a tall order. Another important concept is to use source management and elevation software properly, which tends to guarantee integrity of code and load modules automatically.

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