Is your boss spying on you?
Sounds like clickbait headline. But for more and more employees, surveillance at work is reality. As remote work grew during the pandemic, employers ramped up their efforts to keep track of their workers’ productivity.
Our tech expert Omar Gallaga recently wrote about “bossware” for Wired. He says employers are adding new surveillance techniques, even as workers return to the office.
Highlights from this segment:
– More than 60% of large companies do some sort of employee tracking. The number is expected to rise to 70%.
– Surveillance methods range from cameras that track eye movements, to monitoring of email or voicemail. Some employers use biometric trackers, like wearable devices, to measure body temperature or location.
– Employees have little recourse when it comes to stopping surveillance, but some employers do disclose their policies, so look for that information when you start a new job.
– One way to protect your privacy is to ensure that you don’t use work computers or devices for non-work communication or documents.