The Legal, Ethical and Managerial Concerns of Employee Monitoring

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The Legal, Ethical and Managerial Concerns of Employee Monitoring Employee monitoring has emerged as a necessity and yet as a very controversial issue due to the widespread use of technology. Employee monitoring is the act of watching and monitoring employees' actions during working hours using employer equipment/property. This phrase can be a little scary as an employee, where is the line? The restroom is their property; thankfully there are employers who know their boundaries. Legally employers are continuing to monitor their employees. The only issue that seems to be addressed is how much they can monitor them. As an employer, you should read the employee monitoring law if you want to understand the legalities of employee…show more content…
Achieving balance may require a reasonable monitoring policy that also sets individual privacy expectations. Legal analysts advise that setting policies with clearly stated monitoring intentions is the most important action employers can take to minimize invasion of privacy claims. Clear-cut policies set boundaries, establish employees' expectations of privacy, and help set a workplace tone that conveys organizational responsibility and respect for others. In Holmes v. Petrovich Development Company, LLC, a California court ruled that emails sent by an employee to her attorney from a computer in her workplace were not protected by attorney-client privilege. The court noted that the employee had been (1) told of the company’s policy that its computers were to be used only for company business, (2) warned that the company would monitor its computers for compliance with this policy, and (3) advised that employees using company computers have no right of privacy. (Holmes v. Petrovich Development Company, LLC, 2011) But the fact that employee monitoring is legal does not automatically make it right. From an ethical point of view, an employee surely does not give up all of his or her privacy when entering the workplace. To determine how far employee and employer moral rights should extend, it's useful to start with a brief exploration of how privacy becomes a moral matter. Michael J. Meyer, SCU professor of philosophy, explains it this way:
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