Privacy in the Work Place

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Privacy in the Workplace What is Privacy? It is defined as “A state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people” (Dictionary, Oxford) but what is privacy in the work place? Does the general definition apply to one’s place of employment? Should employers extend a certain level of privacy to employees during company hours on company premises? This has long been a debate, as there is a fine line when considering the merits of an employee’s right to privacy in the workplace and the right of management to stay informed of the acts being undertaken by their employees. As most businesses expand and with the technological advances of human resource management, employers are using electronic monitoring to monitor staff actions during hours when they should be working as well as their job performance. Electronic monitoring can be conducted via tracking software installed on the company’s network hardware. It monitors emails, voicemail messages, and internet browsing and also close circuit video recording in specific areas throughout the premises. With the rapid growth of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; studies have shown that staff is spending more and more time surfing the net and chatting with friends and family than completing tasks. According to a survey conducted by, The Workplace Network(TM) “A surprising 54% of employers say that they have caught their employees surfing non-work related sites at the office” (Business/High-Tech Editors, 2000). In instances such as these employees may be given a verbal or written warning outlining the firm’s policy on internet usage or time management. In some cases, management has taken drastic measures and blocked such and other website completely from their network; making them inaccessible on company computer and via Wi-Fi connections while using personal laptop,
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