Monitoring Employees’ Computer Use: Time to Rethink Privacy Policy

As we move into 2015 the only thing we know for sure is that technology is only going to get better. What this means is that our digital experience is about to get a whole lot better. However, this also means that there may be trouble ahead. 2015 is also the year some of us need to take another look at our privacy policies. In specific, managers have some very tough decisions to make in this day and age.

The BYOD trend caught on like wildfire at workplaces because it allowed companies to cut costs, keep their workers plugged into work longer, and up the ante on productivity. The downfall is the numerous problems that come with said trend. Most businesses are now looking into software such as Mobistealth to keep a check on their employees. And it is the need of the hour.

Monitoring software

Progress And Big Data

Monitoring software get a bad rep because they’re seen as hacking, malware, or even a security risk. However, they can be useful for so many things. How do you know what your employees are up to? Are they working all day or will they be using social media for most part and billing you for the fun? In most cases offices are not facing such dire situations, but they do need to keep tabs on what they’re paying their people to do. An employee’s privacy extends to their personal affairs, not to work they’re handling for the firm. Statistics on productivity, performance and a whole lot more are much easier to grab when you’re monitoring the work place, so why not do it?

Competition Woes

In the event that a company employee is the one that’s leaking crucial details, what should one do? How should one even find out? What happens when an employee is specifically targeted so that information can be stolen from them? These are issues that companies now need to get serious about. This is also the reality that we function with, in the modern work space. Data leaks can help remove whatever edge a business has over its competitor, and it is something managers should never put out of their minds.

Big Bad Data Breach

Employees and their digital working habits can pose a serious problem for BYOD brings with it a plethora of problems that can negatively impact the business. It isn’t just BYOD in fact; it is much more than that. Consider this scenario: An employee considers his BYOD devices are secure and safe from malware but what if they are not. How secure the firm’s data can be then? For instance, you can have the best security protocols in place, the moment an employee clicks on a phishing scam link on their device and then hooks that device back to the main network you’re going to have a problem. Businesses can protect against external attacks, but what do you do about internal issues? Privacy policies need to be restructured so that they address these concerns as well.

Put It In Writing

Revisiting privacy policy is of great importance but doing it off the bat, and without keeping the workforce in the loop, is what helps firms get sued. You can choose to protect your business through a plethora of digital tools but if employee monitoring in on the menu, make sure it’s being done in a legal way. Without a clearly defined policy that all employees have signed on to, any company should expect problems of a less digital nature, problems stemming from disgruntled employees.