Employee Friendly Tips In The Age Of Employee Monitoring
Modern business employers have deployed monitoring tools, such as
at the workplace and there is very little you can do about it. The office you work in is company property and they can do as they please with it. They get to see what happens on your devices through this monitoring, but they usually claim that your personal information is not in any danger. Even if in most cases it really is safe, why even take the risk?
You have to realize that employers are only concerned about productivity and other business interest, and if you become a threat to them in any way, they will find ways to correct you. Knowing that, it is advised that you should always be on the look-out when you know for a fact that they are observing you.
Here are some tips for employees to help them adapt to monitoring:
Keep Personal Info Safe
Always keep your personal information “personal,” which means that you have to keep it out of everyone’s sight at all times. However, when you are at a workplace where monitoring solutions are being used, employers can see everything you share on your phones and work computers.
If you open up your personal email account, they can and probably will look at it. If you share your personal information via messaging, they can and probably see it. If you share it via calls, they’ll know about it as well.
Whatever information you share on workplace device is monitored, so there’s no getting away. This is why it is recommended that you never use your personal accounts on the company computers, mobiles, tablets, etc. Keeping your personal information safe and secure from prying eyes should be your priority when working in a company with monitoring solutions.
Know Your Rights
There is very little you can do about being monitored. But, remember that you still have your rights as an employee. If the monitoring is getting too personal or if the employer hasn’t told you about the monitoring tool and is spying on you without your consent, you can sue the company and the employer.
Read Your Contract
Employers sometimes include monitoring somewhere in the contract or include it in fine print. If you do not bother to carefully read the whole thing, it may cause some disagreements or some problems. Always read the entire contact. If you are not too well-versed in legal language or find the language of the contract somewhat confusing, then seek help from a lawyer before actually putting your signature on it.
Most employers only deploy monitoring tools in the workplace because they want their employees to be productive on the assigned tasks. However, the fact is that no one likes to be spied on. Unfortunately, as an employee you can’t really do a lot about stopping its use. However, the one thing that you can do is be cautious and careful so as to avoid spilling anything personal, which may cause your boss to rebuke you over something.