Top 10 concerns employees have about monitoring in the workplace & how to avoid them

worktime

WorkTime – employee monitoring software

The only non-invasive employee monitoring

Try now - it's free!


This article is prepared by WorkTime team of employee computer monitoring experts.
In this article, you’ll learn:
– How to monitor workplace computers and ensure that your employees feel confident about their privacy.
– The top 10 concerns employees raise about workplace surveillance.

Computer monitoring software & productivity monitoring

Employers have the right to monitor company’s devices and employees’ productivity (Get Free eBook). One of the most commonly used surveillance tools is employee computer monitoring software. The employee monitoring market offers a wide array of choices. But! It is very important to understand that most of the software providers of this market work towards adding as many features to the software as possible. Often, the features are invasive and infringe on the employees’ privacy. What’s more, many of these features do not support your monitoring goals.
It is essential to have clearly defined business goals before implementing employee monitoring software. Also, avoid any monitoring software that offers excessive spy-like functionality. Spy-like functionality is a feature that could record private information about your employees — for example, the recording of keystrokes, private content, or screenshots. If your monitoring goals include staying informed about computer utilization, software usage, and employees’ productivity, then none of the above mentioned spy-like functions serve it.

The main worry of employees

Employees have many questions about computer monitoring in the workplace. Yet, their privacy is the main concern. They worry that something private will be recorded and revealed as a result of the monitoring. Employees are also concerned about being secretly spied on by their employers. This concern usually arises when it comes to video surveillance and monitoring of private devices.

Non-invasive monitoring

Pure productivity monitoring without going too far!

Try now - it's free!

How to keep your employees confident about their privacy?

When it comes to implementing employee computer monitoring software, there is a set of recommendations on how to maintain your workplace as an environment that protects the privacy of employees. To read more about it Get Free eBook by WorkTime. We are also happy to announce that WorkTime is the only pure productivity monitoring software on the market. It offers non-invasive functionality required to monitor computers, software, and internet use, as well as employee productivity.

So, what are the top 10 concerns your employees have?

Top 10 concerns employees have about their privacy in the workplace

1. Can my employer spy on my home computer via Citrix/Terminal/Remote Desktop sessions when I work from home?

A: NO, your employer cannot spy on your home computer via Citrix/Terminal Server sessions.
Remote Desktop, Citrix, and Terminal server sessions are not designed to access your home computer.
You do not need to worry about being spied on your personal home computer via a remote desktop session.
To monitor your home computer or a personal laptop, your employer has to obtain access. Remote desktop sessions do not grant any access. And also, your employer is not allowed to monitor your home computer without your consent.

2. Can my employer see me at home via Citrix, Terminal and Remote Desktop sessions?

A: NO, your employer cannot see you at home through the Citrix/Terminal Server or Remote Desktop sessions.
The way the technology works it is not possible in general.

Non-invasive monitoring

Pure productivity monitoring without going too far!

Try now - it's free!

3. Can my employer monitor my home computer or personal laptop?

A: In general the answer is “NO”.
This concern often arises when people work from home.
To monitor your home computer or a personal laptop, your employer has to obtain access.
Please refer to #1. The idea is the same.

4. Can my employer spy on my personal phone?

A: NO, your employer cannot spy on your personal phone.
To monitor your personal phone, your employer has to obtain access.
And also, your employer is not allowed to monitor your personal phone without your consent.

5. Can my employer spy on my personal phone or laptop when I am connected to the company’s WIFI?

A: NO, your employer cannot spy on your personal phone or laptop even when you are using the company’s WIFI. Please refer to #3. The idea is the same.
What your employer can do is to track what websites you are visiting via the company’s WIFI (the URLs). Though not the content or passwords. Anyway, these days, data is usually encrypted using https and tls protocols.

Non-invasive monitoring

Pure productivity monitoring without going too far!

Try now - it's free!

6. Can my employer see messages on my personal phone?

A: NO, your employer cannot see messages on your personal phone.
Unless there is a video camera staring directly into your phone screen or your boss is watching over your shoulder. Remember, old monitoring ways still work. Otherwise, please refer to #4. The idea is the same.

7. Can my employer monitor my Citrix, Terminal and Remote Desktop sessions?

A: YES, your employer can and has the right to monitor your Citrix, Terminal, and Remote Desktop sessions.
By this, we mean to monitor what is going on within the session itself and not on the device where the session is executed.

8. Can my employer monitor workplace computers?

A: YES, your employer is able and has the right to monitor the company’s computers.
Employers expect you to use company computers for business needs and to be productive during work hours. This is what you are paid for.

Non-invasive monitoring

Pure productivity monitoring without going too far!

Try now - it's free!

9. Can my employer monitor me from a workplace computer through a built-in camera?

A: YES, your employer can monitor you from a workplace computer through a built-in camera.
For this, special monitoring software has to be installed on your computer. This is not a common practice, for example, in the USA. How to find out if you are being monitored via this little built-in camera? Simply stick some chewing gum to cover the camera (or scotch tape). If your employer does not speak to you about how important it is to keep this little eye clear, then most likely he isn’t monitoring you.
To employers: you cannot imagine what people do in front of their computers when they think nobody is watching! You just don’t want to see it.

10. Can my employer monitor my private messages on workplace computers and in remote desktop sessions?

A: YES, your employer is able to and has the right to monitor everything in the Citrix, Terminal, and Remote Desktop sessions and on the workplace computers.
Refer to #7. The idea is the same.

Monitor non-invasive with WorkTime!

“Pure productivity monitoring!”

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for general understanding only and not to be taken as legal advice. For example, if your employer is CIA, we cannot guarantee you anything. Additionally, to seek professional legal advice, please consult your lawyer.

Subscribe to our blog to stay up with the newest articles!

Thank you for subscribing!

Request WorkTime portfolio

Why WorkTime within 1.5 minutes!
Thank you for your inquiry!

We will get back to you shortly