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Electronic Monitoring vs Health Concerns Is privacy and electronic monitoring in the work place an issue thatis becoming a problem More and more employees are being monitored today then ever beforeand the companies that do it arent letting off While electronic monitoring in the workplace may be the cause of increased stress levels and tension the benefits far exceed theharm that it may cause Employees dont realize how often electronic monitoring happens intheir work place An estimated twenty million Americans are subjected to monitoring intheir work place commonly in the form of phone monitoring E-mail searches and searchingthrough the files on their hard drive Paranoid 435 A poll by MacWorld states that overtwenty-one percent of all employees are monitored at work and the larger the company thehigher the percentage Privacy 445 Unaware of this electronic monitoring most employeesoften are not working at their peak performance due to this type of scrutiny The majority of Americans believe that electronic monitoring should notbe allowed Supreme Court Justice Louis D Brandeis states that of all of the freedomsthat Americans enjoy privacy is the right most valued by civilized men Privacy441 A poll taken by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman for Time states that ninety-fivepercent of Americans believe that electronic monitoring should not be allowed Privacy444 Harriet Ternipsede who is a travel agent gave a lengthy testimonial on howelectronic monitoring at her job caused her undue stress and several health problemsincluding muscle aches mental confusion weakened eyesight severe sleep disturbancenausea and exhaustion Ternipsede was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue ImmuneDysfunction Syndrome Electronic 446 A study done by the University of Wisconsin foundthat eighty-seven percent of employees subjected to electronic monitoring suffered fromhigher stress levels and increased tension while only sixty-seven percent of thoseemployees that were not subjected to monitoring had those same symptoms Paranoid 436 While it is obvious that most employees are against electronicmonitoring the use of electronic monitoring contributes to increased stress levels inemployees While the advantages derived
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