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I'll be watching you: a report on workplace monitoring

Looks at workplace monitoring of staff. Uses focus groups, in-depth interviews, and an online survey of members of the UK public. Discusses what workplace surveillance is. Investigates where workplace surveillance is happening, how much it is happening and who is most affected by it. Finds that over half of workers think it’s likely that they’re being monitored at work, and that workplace monitoring is more likely to be happening to younger workers and employees in large companies. Explores how workers feel about surveillance. Determines that two-thirds of workers are concerned that workplace surveillance could be used in a discriminatory way if left unregulated, and that 70 per cent think that surveillance is likely to become more common in the future. Considers what changes workers would like to see, and what new policies are required to bring about that change. Argues that trade unions should have a legal right to be consulted on, and to agree in advance, the use of electronic monitoring and surveillance at work. Concludes that the government should ensure employers can only monitor their staff for legitimate reasons that protect the interests of workers.

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Author:
Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Year:
2018
Pages:
34
Ref No:
B51342
Source:
Trades Union Congress (TUC)

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