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Business ethics: Workplace privacy issues

Employee monitoring practices are often implemented without an employee's consent or awareness. With technological advances making a wide variety of stealth monitoring techniques available, organizations face a challenging balancing act considering legitimate business concerns while respecting their employees' right to privacy. In this assignment, you will discuss the issue of workplace privacy with your fellow students.

First read the transcript of the NPR story on workplace cheating.

Read the transcript attached of the National Public Radio feature "Shirking Work"

Then examine the following four areas of workplace privacy according to the guidelines listed below:

Drug testing
Email privacy
Telephone conversation privacy
Personal privacy

Write an essay answering the following questions:

What promotes the differing views managers and employees have on privacy issues?
What should a company have access to regarding an employee's personal life, and what is not reasonable?

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Hello! This question always results in a great deal of debate! Please consider these factors for this question: responsibility, expectations, communication and accountability. Do these considerations apply to both the employer and the employees? What are they all there being paid to do?

Also, what about ...

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Making ethical decisions is never easy. Workplace privacy is no exception. The right decision can depend on many factors in that particular situation, at the time, and with certain individuals. Please consider these factors for this question: responsibility, expectations, communication and accountability. Do these considerations apply to both the employer and the employees? What are they all there being paid to do? The overriding consideration should be the good of the company and the overall fairness to other employees. However, exceptions can be valid.

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