Social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter aren't the only ones tracking how people connect and share with their peers. Employers are doing it too.
Companies like Boston Consulting Group, and Microsoft Corp. are mining employees' emails, chat logs, and tracking face-to-face interactions to get a better grasp on how information travels among employees.
The goal, managers said, is to cut down on time-consuming meetings, vague emails and useless training sessions. While some bosses already use apps to gauge productivity and employee performance, management researchers say new technologies like sensor-laden ID badges and programs that analyze online calendars offer a better measure of how efficiently teams communicate and how well they collaborate without overtaxing one another's time.