Outsourcing your own job
16 January 2013
It details an investigation by Verizon into a perceived security breach in a US company’s VPN system, noting an active endpoint in Shenyang when the employee whose credentials were being used was at his desk in the US.
To cut a long story short – he’d couriered his two-factor authentication token generator to a contractor in China, who was happily carrying out a large portion of his workload – and seemingly successfully:
His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.
The Verizon blog post doesn’t say what happened to the employee in question – most likely, he was fired – but it’s exactly this kind of arbitrage which should be encouraged in today’s workplaces. Maintaining productivity while increasing employee satisfaction and remuneration – isn’t that the dream of every company’s leadership?
Update: The Register reports that the employee is no longer at the company in question.