Employee Privacy: Why Smart Employers Guarantee It
Employees’ right to privacy in the working environment has stirred quite a controversy within the media for the past few years. Right to privacy has been a hot topic with the industry especially in this age when technology and information can easily be shared with a click. Telecommunications such as internet and e-mails have paved a way for faster and more private methods of communication, but it is these types of privacy issues that agitate employers. Companies have shared concerns on how to monitor their employees without the fear of prosecution.
When employers would monitor their employees’ emails or other types of communication, it makes them feel that it is a violation of their privacy. But that is usually allowed in some states. Employee activities, especially ones that are conducted within the company grounds, have more protection in terms of privacy. Employers can have reasons to monitor employee activities since such hidden communications can harbor illegal activities such as substance abuse.
Employers also need to know the people they are hiring, hence the need for personal information. They also have to address both personal and professional issues for the benefit of their workplace. Workplace surveillance and monitoring serves to ensure the security of other employees.
The employer’s need for information and the employee’s right to privacy should find balance.
Many companies now have practices for the privacy of their employees. It is required by law that employees have the right to question company liability. Employee privacy is not just avoiding litigations, it is about the right of an individuals to set boundaries and have it respected.
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