Em­ploy­ees un­aware of mon­i­tor­ing

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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.

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