November 3, 2021
How to Implement Workplace Monitoring & Preserve
November 3, 2021
I play video games at work.
It’s the remote manager’s nightmare: A wayward employee who does whatever they want
because they lack the strict supervision of the office to keep them in line. Critics of remote
work would seize on this very scenario as proof that remote workers are merely lazy and
Should employees’ web activity be tracked to make sure they’re putting in a solid eight hours
of work time?
For those remote workers who don’t have designated space or equipment that is “work use
only,” why should they agree to be surveilled in their homes and on their personal devices?
How do you guarantee that both your clients and your employees can feel secure that what is
meant to be private will not be made public?
Most importantly, if the deliverables are delivered when they should be, does it matter how
they got there?
In this Process Street post, I’m going to (attempt) to provide answers to some of those
questions, discuss the issues employers need to consider before monitoring employees, and
look at some “soft surveillance” alternatives to hard data collection.
The case for workplace monitoring
A lot of weight gets put on the implication that employees are all huge lying liars who won’t
do any work if you don’t scrutinize their every move. Granted, that is one motivation for
employee monitoring, but it’s not the only motivation.
So as to not contribute any more to the “us versus them” mentality, I want to go over the
beneficial side of employee monitoring in terms of workplace security.
Workplace monitoring to enhance data security
Every organization has some sort of sensitive data stored in a database. Depending on what
the organization does, this can vary from simple names and addresses to personal details to
Regardless of whether this information belongs to clients, employees, or both, it obviously
needs to be safegu