In the poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54% said they are not looking over their employees’ shoulders in the last 12 months anymore than they used to, according to a SHRM news release. One in 10 said that while they haven’t been keeping a more watchful eye out around the office during that time, but have plans in place to increase worker monitoring.
Meanwhile, some 36% of the HR executives reported that their workplace monitoring has increased in the last year with 27% saying they had outlined their efforts to their employees and 9% saying they had not briefed the workers, according to SHRM.
But many respondents have been beefing up employee monitoring in a variety of ways. Asked “In which of the following activities did your organization increase its employee monitoring?” respondents answered:
- 58% increased monitoring employee use of the Internet.
- 48% increased monitoring employee computer use in general.
- 45% increased monitoring employee e-mail use.
- 41% increased auditing employee expense forms.
- 30% increased monitoring employee use of cell phones.
- 21% increased monitoring employee telephone use.
- 13% increased monitoring employee instant messaging.
- 13% increased use of cameras to monitor employee activities.
- 12% increased monitoring of employees’ movement at work.
- 7% increased monitoring the use of camera cell phones.
- 5% read employees e-mails.
- 1% read employee postal mail.
The survey was conducted September 29, 2006. There were 442 HR professionals from SHRM’s membership surveyed for the report.