A friendly reminder from Dan Erwin. At work, you are being watched, checked in on, and listened to all the time:
From e-mail monitoring and website blocking to phone tapping and GPS tracking, employers increasingly use monitoring and surveillance to ‘manage productivity and minimize litigation, security, and other risks.’
He directs us to this survey from a few years back on electronic monitoring & surveillance, which lays things out for us in pretty stark terms:
28% of organizations have fired employees for misuse of the internet
28% have fired employees for misuse of e-mail
76% monitor employees’ web connections
43% store and review workers’ data files (spreadsheets, word processing documents, etc.)
66% review employees’ e-mail messages
On this week’s podcast, we talk with Dan about how organizations are using technology to keep tabs on their employees, and what steps should employees take in response. Are companies turning into Big Brother, or is this just evidence that transparency is a two-way street? And how does trust figure in?
Here’s the archive of Friday’s podcast:
Dan Erwin is a nationally recognized management consultant, having coached more than 400 managers and executives from many of the finest corporations in the world, including an extensive client base from the Fortune 500. He blogs at Human Capital League and his own site.
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