Electronic Survilance Essay

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Electronic Surveillance of Employees ***** ******* January 16, 2011 ****** ********** LEG 500 Professor ******-----***** Electronic Surveillance of Employees Explain where an employee can reasonably expect to have privacy in the workplace. An employee should reasonably expect to have privacy in instances where monitoring is physically invasive, for instance hidden cameras in locker rooms or bathrooms. Monitoring of employees in such places for whatever reason, including theft prevention, is indeed irrational. Employees have a logical expectation of privacy in locker rooms and restrooms. In most states it is actually illegal to monitor workers while they are in such places because the activities that are carried out in these areas are things that are not usually done in public; these activities are private. Employees can therefore have a reasonable expectation of privacy during these activities. I think employees should also expect privacy in dining, kitchen and entertain areas in situations where such facilities are available within the workplace. Employees should be left to be themselves in such places. Entertainment areas are places where employees should relax and have fun. Having electronic surveillance in this area beats this logic. Most people behave differently when they are having fun from when they are in the office, in a way that helps them unwind. Surveillance can make employees to imagine that they are still in the office and may not really have fun and unwind. Explain whether it makes a difference if an employee is in an open area or in an enclosed office. Every organization has its unique needs, processes and culture. Whether or not an open area or in an enclosed office plan makes a difference largely depends on these factors. In organizations where employees need to be
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