Monitoring your employees: No easy answers

As the owner of a small business, you have the technology available to determine what Web sites your workers visit while sitting at their desks. You are able to monitor how they use Twitter and Facebook. You can even tap into their smart phones to find out where they physically are during the day. But just because you can do this, it doesn’t suggest that you should.

Privacy in the tech age

Thomas Claburn, editor-at-large for InformationWeek, isn’t so sure. As he writes in a new online feature story, employees of any organization – whether a public university or a private company – shouldn’t expect privacy today. And they really shouldn’t expect this if they work with computers or use e-mail accounts furnished by their employers.

High-tech snooping?

But Claburn wrote that it’s naïve to be surprised at this kind of surveillance. Employees, he said, should be expecting their bosses to monitor their computer behavior, particularly when these personnel are working on company-provided equipment.

Trust?

A source quoted by Claburn, though, sums up the down-side of this lack of privacy. The source claims that when employers trust employees, they are rewarded with worker behavior that is worthy of such trust. Unfortunately, in today’s tech age, trust on the part of both employers and employees seems to be on the decline.


Posted on: 07.17.13