Sociometric Badge

From this post. Sociometric Badge, a sensing platform that logs voice features, proximity to other individuals, face-to-face interactions, and movement. Results of an analysis of data obtained in a preliminary study at a German bank’s marketing division:

. Proximity is highly negatively correlated with e-mail use
(-> if you are in close proximity to another individual, it makes more sense to interact with them in the real world rather than send them an e-mail)

. Communication between managers and employees was very highly negatively correlated with perceived interaction quality ( -> having more interactions with either your subordinates or your boss is draining).

. Email and proximity ties were highly correlated when communication was present and both individuals were of the same hierarchical level
(-> e-mail communication between individuals with the same role increases as their proximate time increases)

(paper to appear in NetSci ’07)

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