Privacy in the Workplace

Mortgage and Lending with Southwest Funding

Technology has made it possible for employers to monitor many aspects of their employees' jobs, especially on telephones, computer terminals, through electronic and voice mail, and when employees are using the Internet. Many employers take advantage of this technology and do monitor their employees. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) receives more complaints about workplace rights violations than about any other issue. If you are concerned about your privacy at your workplace, consider these additional facts regarding workplace monitoring: • Three of four companies monitor their employees in some way: 63 percent track Internet use; 47 percent store and review e-mail messages; 15 percent use video surveillance; 12 percent record phone conversations; eight percent review voice-mail messages. • 63 percent of companies require employees to undergo medical tests; 62 percent of those require drug tests. • Eight of 10 Human Resource professionals conduct criminal background checks on potential employees, up 26 percent since 1996. Employers should inform you if they practice workplace monitoring, and most do. More than 80 percent of employers disclose their monitoring practices to employees. Check with your employer to learn more about your company's policies concerning employee privacy.


Jeff Schraeder

Service First Mortgage


Comments (1)

Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Jeff - These are great stats to contemplate. I will in no way say what is legal or not, which I am sure varies from state to state, but some surveillance can be illegal. I believe video surveillance and phone recordings is illegal if the employer does not inform its employees of the surveillance.

Jan 24, 2011 03:37 AM