Companies are putting sytems in place to monitor information, both official and personal, that employees share with others.
Corporate poking and interference is a reality today. Every piece of information that you share with your friends, colleagues and family members or official contacts while at work could be monitored by your employer. Different companies have different policies for tracking employees’ activities. The popular opinion of the employers is that moral values of employees are spoiling which in turn put organizations’ information resources at risk.
Companies do not lookout on their employees for pleasure or for entertainment. Companies set up transparent policies to safeguard their wealthy resources and expect all employees to follow some set of rules.
In corporate world, there are internet and email policies by which employees are informed that the company has a right to access their official emails and analyse patterns of internet usage.
Corporate companies admit that, “We handle a lot of confidential data of our customers and are often required to sign data security contracts with our customers. Some of the employees are involved in confidential activities like tender bidding etc and, therefore, we have to ensure that the information does not reach our competitor.
Some experts say that if monitoring takes place as part of a company’s policy and within the legal framework, it should not be considered spying interference but taking steps to safeguard the company’s interest.
“Monitoring mails, phones etc is more likely to be prevalent in places where secrecy of data is of prime importance. Though important documents are there in every organization, protecting them does not mean intruding on and compromising with the privacy of employees. There are many instances of fraud employees compromising on organizations’ interests by stealing/tampering with data/documents but that does not justify a complete clampdown on the entire organization.
Things, however, can go wrong sometimes. Every company has a right to protect its data and crucial information, “but unfortunately every company doesn’t do it as a part of the policy. Sometimes they even resort to illegal and unethical methods to procure information from their employees. Such instances take place only when some employees come under suspicion but then something which is wrong is wrong.”
For certain those companies with family control do resort to such practices. Typically, they will have their “trusted” family members/relations planted to pick info and pass on to them.”
Besides tracking mail and accessing phone details, sometimes even private detectives are hired to procure alls sort of information on employees suspected of doing wrong.
There was a case in an organization when one of the employees opened an attachment which had details of salaries of employees. The person was an employee who had access to the IT network. His job was to safeguard data and he himself violated the rules. The Organization initiated an enquiry without his knowledge to estimate the extent of the violation.
So it is better to stay loyal enough for the organization and one should work in accordance to the organizations rules without any interference.