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The Pursuit of Corporate Happiness

Biometric sensors can gauge worker productivity but carry real risks as well

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The Pursuit of Corporate Happiness
Photographer: Dan Saelinger; Stylist: Birte von Kampen

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Photographer: Dan Saelinger; Stylist: Birte von Kampen

If you work at a company with 50 or more employees, chances are you’ve filled out an annual employee satisfaction or engagement survey. You answered questions about your working conditions, your bosses, the money you make, and the benefits you get, as well as questions that try to capture your emotional attachment to the job you do and the people you work with. 


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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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