The debate over employee-monitoring heats up

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. It’s also possible to tap into their smart phones to determine where they physically are throughout the day. But just because you can do this, it doesn’t mean you ought to.

Privacy in the tech age

Thomas Claburn, editor-at-large with InformationWeek, recently tackled the debate over employee monitoring in a recent online feature. In it, he quoted a wide array of experts, all of whom could see why employers would like to use new tech to monitor their employees. But these experts also argued that too much monitoring is counterproductive.

High-tech snooping?

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

Trust?

A source quoted by Claburn, though, sums up the downside of this lack of privacy. The source says 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 looks like it’s on the decline.


Posted on: 07.11.14