Doing any tasks in the workplace, employees shall be ready that their boss oversees them. Many states legislatively support monitoring in the workplace, whether it refers to installing in-house cameras or tracking activities of employees on the device. More than 70 percent of companies monitor Internet connections of their employees and more than a half of American businesses count keystrokes and watch the e-mails of employees. This monitoring can be selective or conducted if the employee is suspected of crime or misbehavior.
Though state laws provide good protection for organizations, only managers decide whether they want to use monitoring policies in their office or not. Many employers built trust with their subordinates and do not need to watch every step of employees. The amount of privacy people get in the workplace is the question of ethics, and some managers offer enough personal space for everyone. Besides, employees are always protected from unauthorized monitoring by federal and state laws. The difference lies in the nature of monitoring. If such a surveillance occurs without the consent of the employee, they can practically sue their employer for violating their privacy.
Personal use of the Internet in the workplace is more than the issue of privacy. While the access to the web is crucial for many employees to perform their duties, many workers use it for personal purposes, thus, waste their time. It would be best for employers to monitor the productivity of their workers instead of personal emails. If the employer is rather useless for most of their time, it may become the reason for probation or a brief interview.