Is your boss watching you?

Monitoring software is on the up now that many are working remotely. How comfortable are you with always-on video services?

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The YouGov survey of 2,000 employers commissioned by Skillcast, showed that 10-20% of UK businesses are already using tracking software to monitor their staff remotely.

Monitoring software is flourishing during the pandemic but how comfortable would you feel about being digitally surveilled by your employer?

Employers have the option to install video cameras, read postal mail and e-mail, monitor phone and computer usage, use GPS tracking, and more to make sure that their workforce are still maintaining focus and productivity.

In today’s mostly office-free reality, can bosses still legally monitor their employees? The answer is yes! As long as the reason for monitoring is important enough to the business.

As working from home has become the norm, so has employee monitoring software and there are plenty of alternatives to choose from.

Some track how much time employees spend on social media, take screenshots of their monitors at scheduled intervals or record different tasks or even every single key pressed.

It is also possibility that you are being watched through your webcams via always-on video services like Sneek.

Most employees need to give their consent via agreements that imply they shouldn’t assume privacy when using work devices but the current situation raises some interesting questions when it comes to what is legal and what isn’t.

So what do you think? Now that workspaces have changed is employee tracking fair game?

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