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Work Place Monitoring How much is too much To Snoop or Not to Snoop What limits are there to employers intrusions into andor control over employees behaviors To what extent is monitoring an employee acceptable Interestingly there are plenty of studies and surveys that indicate that this business practice is definitely on the rise An illustration of this growth can be seen in a feature article by US News and World Reports April 2001 which includes statistics on the growth of companies that monitor their employees from 1997 to 2001 Percentage of companies that monitor employees1997 2001 Total active monitoring 353 pct 777 pct Monitoring Internet connections 541628 Storage and review of E-mail messages 149465 Storage and review of computer files 137361 Recordingreviewing phone conversations 104119 Storage and review of voice-mail messages 53118 Excluding telephone logs logging onoff computer and normal videosurveillance for security purposes 2000 figure Employee privacy is one of the most controversial areas concerning personnel in the public sector Claims of privacy abuse are measured against an employers prerogatives in establishing workplace standards and ensuring the efficiency of administration Monitoring of employees in the workplace can create conflicts between employer and employee The problems increase as technological advances change the nature of work communication and supervisory functions in the workplace This conflict reconsiders the basic questions as to what is private what is proprietary what legal rights an employee possesses and what are an employees obligations and responsibilities within the sphere of employment To most privacy is seen as need for personal space which is directly tied to the Fourth Amendment which holds that It is the right of the people to be secure in their persons houses papers and effects from unreasonable searches and
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