Employees unaware of monitoring
ABOUT one in three workers use social media at work and are not worried about being tracked by their employers while online, research finds.
A joint project between Monash University and the University of Tasmania finds 31 per cent of workers use social networking sites, primarily Facebook, at work. But 62 per cent of respondents indicate they are not concerned about how their employers use personal information gained through electronic monitoring and surveillance of their workplace.
The research also finds workers support some website monitoring in the workplace.
‘‘ These results are worrying. There is a lack of concern or awareness of the quantity of information the employer holds and who can access it and what it is used for,’’ researcher Associate Professor Peter Holland says.
‘‘ Issues associated with developing policies on privacy at work do not appear to be as comprehensive or well understood as might be expected.
‘‘ The results indicate this is a potential conflict area for employers and employees as the amount of information acquired on an employee increases.’’
He advises employers to develop a policy with the full awareness, support and training of their employees.