Workplace surveillance is any form of employee monitoring undertaken by an employer.
There’s nothing new about workplace surveillance. It’s been around for a long time, and it’s something unions have worked on for just as long.
However, as technology has advanced, so have the ways employers can monitor their staff. While in the recent past employers relied on timesheets, bag checks, and keeping a close eye on their employees, they can now make use of a litany of new surveillance methods.
This means that workplace monitoring can now vary drastically, from fairly basic and rudimentary surveillance, to much more complex and technology-driven monitoring.
We used to have to fill out a spreadsheet by hand, so you could get away with a bit more… Now it’s all done automatically on the computer.
Here are some examples of common forms of monitoring, broken down into two groups:
I’ve taken jobs where we don’t use a sign-in sheet. Instead, they take our fingerprint. It skips a process, but I feel like it’s an invasion of privacy.