Your Boss is Watching You and Here’s How
Chances are, you're being watched at work in one way or another. Experts close to the issue claim most companies use some type of electronic monitoring to keep tabs on their employees, and some of the newer methods are bordering on the edge of creepy.
According to Lewis Maltby, head of the National Workrights Institute in Princeton, employers have been tracking workers' actions for years, from email records to keystroke logs, and there's a new method of electronic monitoring "every time you turn around."
"Employers don't trust employees; that's what it comes down to," Maltby said.
But these days, there's no shortage of distractions thanks to social media and cell phones, and these monitoring programs keep bosses informed on how much time each employee is spending on work versus personal tasks. They're also in place for security reasons.
Maltby said he's recently seen heightened interest among companies in outfitting ID badges with chips that allow employers to monitor the physical location of employees during the workday.
"Your boss can track you every single minute of the day you're at work," Maltby said. "Unfortunately, it may be spying, but it is allowed."
Electronic monitoring of employees is legal, but Maltby noted the methods of monitoring are getting more sophisticated by the day.
"Employers do not have to disclose that they're tracking employees," he added. "Many employers don't, and even the ones that do, disclose it in such a vague fashion, you have no idea what's actually happening."
Maltby said it may not be a bad idea to ask your current or prospective employer what type of tracking takes place on a regular basis. The challenge, though, is getting a truthful answer.