Workplace Privacy Debate
Workplace monitoring has and will continue to exist in one form or another in order to catch and discipline those in violation of the rules. I am one who thinks that there is a time and a place for everything, and taking care of personal business on company time should not be tolerated. There are several sophisticated technologies in place to make sure that employees adhere to these rules, but as good as they are, there are those who are smart enough to foil the attempts to block them. I feel that this is going to be an on-going and difficult battle between the bosses and the employees that will last for a long time to come. The only sure-fire way to stop it is to catch and terminate the offenders in order to let the employees know that if you get caught, you will be terminated. E-monitoring and employee workplace privacy are issues that will continue to present questions and problems for some time to come. In addition, it looks as if there will be ongoing efforts to balance employee workplace privacy with the need for employers to manage and protect company resources from non-productive, non-work related activities. The Federal and State laws that govern monitoring and workplace privacy will definitely continue to evolve and will continue to be tested in our court systems for years to come. There are many legitimate reasons for different organizations to want to know what is occurring in and on their computer systems and telephones. Those reasons can range from work-place harassment, to loss of production, and even company sabotage. These are several reasons why it is easy to understand why it is imperative for companies to have such a strong incentive to find a healthy balance between employee privacy rights and organizational concerns.
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