Employee Rights in the Workplace

1795 Words Oct 6th, 2008 8 Pages
Abstract Our world of technological advances is growing day by day. So much so, in fact, that new laws are created to help determine the legal responsibilities and actions to be taken if an incident occurs. The advantages and disadvantages of monitoring and being monitored will be discussed. Some of the laws that represent the employer and employee as well as why an employer would want to monitor an employee will also are discussed. Although employee monitoring is beneficial to an employer for a variety of reasons, it is better for an employer to leave an employees’ private life away from the workplace private.

Employee Privacy Rights in the Workplace
The Eye That Is Watching Employee monitoring
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(¶6) A second reason would be to track the amount of time an employee spends away from the computer or how long the employees’ computer is idle. (¶6).
If we, as employees put ourselves in the employer’s shoes, we would want to know if our employees were being productive for the job that they were hired to do. If someone were to perform a search on the Internet for employee monitoring tools, he or she would find that the market is flooded with these types of tools. In 1993, there were an estimated 27 million worldwide employees being monitoring in the workplace and that number is still growing (¶8).
Advantages and Disadvantages of Monitoring Some of the advantages of employee monitoring are that email use can be limited, viruses can be prevented from corrupting company computer systems, inappropriate acts and uses of language can be intercepted before any harm is done, and companies can stop leaks of proprietary information. Some of the disadvantages of employee monitoring are, as stated earlier, an employees’ feeling of lack of trust, a feeling of no privacy at work, and the possibility of employers being sued by employees for fear that their privacy has been violated. One type of violation that can occur happened to a Massachusetts college secretary while she was changing clothes in a place she thought was safe. (Kitchen, 2006). She felt violated because her boss never informed her that she was being videotaped.
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