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Employee monitoring in the workplace:

Employee monitoring in the workplace By: Alex Medina CGS3095


Outline What is employee monitoring? Methods of workplace monitoring Is employee monitoring legal? How are employees protected from invasion of privacy? Pros and Cons of employee monitoring Ethics of employee monitoring Global Analysis Conclusion

What is employee monitoring? :

What is employee monitoring? Employee monitoring – It is the act of surveying employee activity. Organizations engage in employee monitoring to track performance, to avoid legal liability, to protect trade secrets, and to address other security concerns.

Methods of workplace monitoring:

Methods of workplace monitoring

Is employee monitoring in the workplace legal? :

Is employee monitoring in the workplace legal? According to the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), an employer-provided computer system is the property of the employer. Therefore, employers that provide you with a computer system and Internet access are free to monitor almost everything that you do with the computer and Internet access with which you have been provided. This is especially true when an employer gives you a written policy regarding the monitoring of your computer use.

How are employees protected from invasion of privacy?:

How are employees protected from invasion of privacy? A federal law, “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, 18 USC sec. 2510 et seq.),” prohibits unauthorized interception of or access to electronic communications, including telephone, email and computer usage. However , it only applies to the usage of personal devices, such as computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, smartphones, etc.

PROs of employee monitoring:

PROs of employee monitoring Productivity Protect against litigation Improved quality of work Trust in employees

Cons of employee monitoring:

Cons of employee monitoring Motivation Costs Privacy Issues Damage Relationships


ethical Workplace monitoring is ethical if employees: Surf the internet Access s ocial media, F acebook, Youtube , etc. Potential theft of information Sharing company secrets


uneTHICal Workplace monitoring is unethical if employees : Contact a family member Emergency purposes Salaried workers

Global Analysis:

Global Analysis


Conclusion In conclusion, employer monitoring does present a dilemma and controversy over right and wrong will increase in the future. Employees feel that it’s an invasion of privacy, while employers look to run their business efficiently and effectively. At this time employers legally have the right to monitor company property, and employees have little to no protection under these circumstances. Employees need to be aware of this going forward and handle personal business utilizing personal property where their information is secure and safe under legislation. That is the law of the land, and we have no choice but to abide. As long as there is transparency and communication in the workplace, employee monitoring and technology will continue to overtake the business industry.


Citations Midwest New Media. ( n.d. ). Workplace Fairness. Retrieved March 27, 2018, from https:// www.workplacefairness.org/social-network-computer-privacy-workplace USA Employee Monitoring Laws: What Are Employers Allowed and not Allowed Doing in the Workplace? ( n.d. ). Retrieved March 27, 2018, from https://www.worktime.com/usa-employee-monitoring-laws-what-can-and-cant-employers-do-in-the-workplace /

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