LAS 432 Employee Monitoring

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LAS 432 Employee Monitoring
Consider the reasons given in Figure 6.1 that list why employers monitor employee communications…

 

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LAS 432 Employee Monitoring

LAS 432 Employee Monitoring

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Consider the reasons given in Figure 6.1 that list why employers monitor employee communications. Of the examples provided, for which do you think it is appropriate to have regular, ongoing monitoring for all employees, and for which do you think an employer should access employee communications only when a problem occurs? Explain your reasoning. Workplace monitoring has increased in our nation – what factors have generated its growth? Most employers are concerned daily with the productivity of their employees.  From what you have read and observed, do you think that most American workers are aware of this perspective?

This has always been a touchy subject.  On one side, if you are conducting personal business with company equipment, you are wrong, on the other side, if the company is monitoring your personal writings, they are wrong…. or are they?  I tend to side with the companies on this one.  If I owned a company and hired an employee that did nothing but play on personal email and social media sites all day, I would want to fire them.  After all, they are not working if they are playing.  Of course, I would allow some personal business, it is a morale booster, and sometimes the only time you can get something done is during normal working hours.  This is such a slippery slope though; a little bit means something different to everyone.  My suggestion, do your personal business on your personal devices and during your breaks.  As for personal phone calls, the website you provided says federal law states a business must stop monitor a phone call once they discover it is personal.  Even if the company does stop monitoring the call, that doesn’t mean they don’t track how many personal calls you make, and how long each call is.  They can legally do this without interfering with the law, and like I said above, if employees are constantly on personal calls, how much work are they really doing…