More Than Half Say Better Rules Will Help Productivity; One in Three Say
Employers Should Monitor Employees
TORONTO, December 5 /CNW/ - Canadians believe too much time is being
wasted on personal email and Internet use at work, with more than half calling
for clearer guidelines and one in three actually saying employers should
monitor such activity, according to a new Monster.ca poll.
The online poll, in which 3,457 Canadians participated, asked if
employers should be allowed to monitor staff use of email and the Internet in
order to improve productivity.
More than half, 57%, said no to monitoring employees but agreed that
employers should provide "clearer guidelines" that would serve to maintain
both productivity and trust in the workplace.
Perhaps surprisingly, nearly one in three people responding to the poll
(29%) said yes to the idea of employers monitoring email and Internet use,
agreeing that "people spend an excessive amount of time on personal email and
surfing the Internet."
The remaining 14% said "never" to the idea of their employer monitoring
email and Internet use, calling it "an invasion of privacy that shows a lack
"Canadians seem to be providing an honest assessment of what is happening
on the job and it makes sense for employers to listen and to consider what can
be done to strike the right balance between respecting employee privacy and
keeping productivity up amid email and Internet use by staff," said Gabriel
Bouchard, Monster Canada's vice-president and general manager. "A workplace
built on trust and transparency will be far more productive than one where the
boss monitors every conversation, move or mouse-click."
Studies show that more than half of employers admit to monitoring
workers' email and Internet usage for one reason or another. Bouchard noted
that the law takes the point of view of employers and gives them the right to
do so but going that far does little to build trust or improve morale on the
"Not all companies believe in workplace monitoring and recent studies
have shown that many bosses actually oppose monitoring of employee Internet
and email use because it reduces trust in the workplace," Bouchard said.
For workers who are working in a "deprivatized" workplace, Bouchard cites
the following steps to protect their privacy at work:
-- Use your own cell phone for private calls;
-- "Launder" your email and don't post anything you wouldn't want your
boss to read;
-- Your Internet path can always be monitored so save the games and racy
sites for home;
-- Keep blank note cards in your desk and write messages to people when
you have something private to say.
To find out more about online privacy and related issues in the
workplace, visit Monster.ca for these and other articles: Privacy at Work; Big
Brother is Watching you Cyberlollygag; and Work Blogger, Beware.
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