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Internet Monitoring at Work

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Review the Human Resource Article:

1. Do you agree that companies should read and monitor employee email and internet communication? Explain!

2. For companies who choose to monitor employees what provisions should be included in their policy covering this practice.

3. Do employees have a 'right to privacy' under the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit employers from conducting e-mail surveillance?

4. Does your current or past company monitor your email and internet communication? Were you informed of this policy? If anyone was caught, what was the punishment?

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1. Do you agree that companies should read and monitor employee email and internet communication? Explain!

Most employees who work for the usual 8 hour per day or 9-5 office job would answer no to this question. Although companies have the right to make sure that their employees are using the computer and Internet for business purposes, they must also consider the privacy rights of their employees. Technology can keep track of virtual workplace communications by any staff and many companies utilize these tracking devices. Employers need to monitor how their staff spend their work hours and they make sure that their companies are keeping the confidential matters from competitors. They also need to know their employees are not engaged in any illegal conduct using company communications equipment. However, they should monitor their staff's communications within reasonable limits and do it in such a way that they don't violate their employees' privacy rights.

Employers must also be considerate and reasonable in the implementation of company polices and rules regarding monitoring internet communications. If not properly done, it will result in a feeling of lack of distrust and a lowering of employee morale which contribute to a negative perception of the administration and resentment of the company.

2. For companies who choose to monitor employees what provisions should be included in their policy covering this practice.

a) For ...

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