Assume you own a business with a particular number of employees. After a while, you realize that one of them, specifically your ‘star’ employee, spends their workday surfing the internet, Facebook, watching cat videos on Reddit, or checking their email. Surprisingly, he is also the most productive of all. Impossible? It appears that this is not the case.
This is what took place to an American telecommunications business that offers Verizon, who discovered during an audit that one of its most competitive computer scientists had subcontracted another Chinese worker to complete his job, allowing him to spend the time doing other things.
The firm identified a steady sequence of logins from a company in Shenyang, China, which used its own login details, according to The Register.
“In the company, they were certain that the problem had to do with some form of malware,'” a Verizon spokesman told US reporters. However, this could not be further from the truth.
The worker in question hired a software consultant in Shenyang to do his job by supplying them with login keys and allowing them access to his account while he spent the morning on Reddit, eBay, watching cat videos, eating lunch, on Facebook, LinkedIn, or checking his email.
According to The Register, the employee paid one-fifth of his income to the Chinese consultancy, which evidently fared well. It performed exceptionally well in the various job evaluations conducted by the American corporation. What the evaluators couldn’t believe was that he wasn’t the one who did it, but Chinese hundreds of miles away. It’s commonly known how hard they work in the eastern countries.
Verizon found the employee’s daily schedule based on information kept on his computer: he would arrive at 9 a.m. and spend the rest of the morning connecting to the social aggregator Reddit and watching cat videos; around 11.30 a.m. I went out for lunch; from one o’clock in the afternoon, he connected to eBay, Facebook, and Linkedin; about 4.30 p.m., he wrote an email to his managers alerting them of the task completed; and at five o’clock in the afternoon, he went home.
Furthermore, according to a Verizon investigator, the data “suggests he had the same fraud at multiple companies in the vicinity.” It appears that this was less a matter of laziness and more of a case of someone taking advantage of inexpensive foreign labor to pull off a very intricate fraud.
Upon discovering what he was doing, the telecommunications company fired the worker.
It seems that this news is a case of life imitating art – watch this 2009 video of The Onion