Workplace monitoring is not a crime. After all, companies make use of CCTV footage to reduce incidents of theft and sabotage in the workplace. But what if there is more to it than merely keeping an eye on potential crime. What if the eye in the sky is secretly monitoring everything you do? This certainly screams an invasion of privacy, but how would you even be aware of being spied upon?
Thanks to the latest technological advancements, employers can track their employees’ every move, whether digitally or anywhere else on the premises. This means that your boss may not need a video wall controller to monitor you. The thing about this modern technology is that it’s making it increasing difficult for employees to tell if they’re being watched.
Being called out for a conversation
The red flags should go off the moment your employer calls you out for a conversation you thought was private. It could mean one of two things; your have a tattletale co-worker or you’re being spied on through employers scanning your email, monitoring text messages you send on your work-issued device or recording your phone conversations. It’s not unlikely if you find that your company installed key-logging program or a monitoring software on your work computer. Such software can also track what you’re saying in your personal emails. Quite frankly, there’s nothing you can do about it. Your company owns the content in their internal email systems and they have the authority to monitor what you write and to whom.
Your employer knows an awful lot about your personal life
You’re at the water cooler when your boss walks by and says, “I’m also going to the Cubana festival.” You nod your head and utter, “yeah, me too.” But before you could ask how he knows, he has already left the office.
It’s not uncommon for employers to check out their employees social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The thought of employers stalking your profile may seem a bit creepy, but by doing so they can establish whether you’re being faithful to the company or not. Unfortunately many employees have had disciplinary action taken against them or have been fired for posting inappropriate photos and comments online. To know whether or not you’re postings are free of malicious speech, download the Clear app to scan your social media profiles for anything that might get you in trouble.