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A Chinese technology company is trialling a performance-monitoring scheme with an unusual method of boosting the bottom line – data gathered via “smart” cushions given to workers to place on their office chairs.But the trial has backfired, after unwitting participants discovered the cushions they were gifted by bosses under the guise of goodwill, supposedly to monitor their vital signs, were in fact “spy” cushions that alerted managers when employees were away from their desks. The cushions…

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