Timothy Dimoff - Electronic Surveillance at Work

The Fine Line Between Electronic Surveillance and Employee Privacy

With the advent of social media and new digital surveillance methods, it’s a brand-new world in terms of what you can and cannot do to monitor or investigate an employee. Before your employee privacy policy is forever compromised and your company culture is permanently damaged, it is up to you as an employer to weigh the pros and cons of employee electronic surveillance in the workplace. Productivity vs. Privacy The average America spends 2.5 hours per day on their mobile device(s). We take our smartphones to work, on vacation — basically, anywhere and everywhere with us. Staying connected is no longer a “nice to have”, but a “have to have” mindset. Take a moment and think back to the last time you left the house without your phone – it’s not a good feeling, am I right? However, our obsession with “staying connected” whether for personal or professional reasons has often compromised productivity in the workplace. This, among other reasons, has sparked the need to monitor employee activity. Today there are multiple electronic ways an organization can “keep an eye or ear” on their staff to address declines in productivity. These include: CCTV Legal wiretapping Cameras Digital video equipment...

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