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How workers feel about employee monitoring: What you need to know

How workers feel about employee monitoring: What you need to know

Employees generally have a range of strong reactions to the thought of having their actions monitored in the workplace. Many are concerned about their right to privacy, and how that extends into their professional environment. Some feel that employee tracking fosters a Big Brother culture of fear and suspicion.

And those feelings are of course, valid. There was widespread outrage when companies began to announce that they would be implanting RFID chips in employees’ hands. These would be scanned to automate activities like entering buildings, making cafeteria purchases, and logging into corporate networks. There were suggestions that employers could use these chips to track employee activities outside of work hours, and that workers’ privacy and personal data could be compromised.d.

Once put into practice however, many employees reported that the chips were easy to use, and made their days run more smoothly. In fact, user adoption increased.