New Source Of Workplace Analytics: Surveillance

“Advanced technological tools are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, with the promise of fundamentally changing how we work — along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace.” – New York Times, “Unblinking Eyes Track Employees”, June 21, 2014

A recent New York Times article informs us that employee surveillance is on the rise. Surveillance has many uses for employers: catching wrongdoing, gathering information, monitoring performance. Many have had to adjust to another type of surveillance as users of social media. What about workplace surveillance? It’s here and, most likely, is not going away. Will surveillance come to your work place? How will you deal with it?

Some things to consider are: whether you will accept being watched, how you will deal with your team/inform them of being watched, whether surveillance is inevitable and you are best to accept it, whether you have any non-negotiables or boundaries regarding workplace surveillance and whether this is an issue you want to be proactive on.

A new set of eyes could be watching you. Be ready.


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