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Ask a specialistAugust 10, 2018
The question of monitoring employees at work is a tricky one: on one hand you have to protect employees from injury and your business from theft, on the other those same employees have rights to privacy you must meet. Let’s take a closer look at ‘snooping’ on employees at work through video surveillance.
Generally, employers can’t eavesdrop on ‘water cooler’ conversations, install video surveillance in lockers or restrooms and – with some exceptions – they may not be able to examine the contents in an employee’s bag while they are out to lunch.
However, in some instances, workplace surveillance is necessary – for example protecting employee’s safety and security, protecting IP or data loss, or preventing theft.
If you’re thinking about installing video surveillance, here are some helpful tips to follow for best practice:
Employers should respect reasonable limits and not unnecessarily intrude into the private lives of employees. Intrusion into an employee’s privacy creates a suspicious atmosphere, lowers morale and can cause pressure and stress.
It’s a careful balancing act: employees and employers must work hand-in-hand to protect each other. We all want better protection for ourselves and our workplaces, but monitoring in the workplace has some clear and important privacy implications.
If you have questions about your business’s surveillance policy or what to do if you suspect misconduct in your business, you might want to consult with one of Employsure’s Employment Relations Advisers first, before you act on 0800 675 700.