HR Debatable


Employee monitoring is a growing practice in which companies use digital tools to track work, employee performance, and work in progress. Businesses use different monitoring methods to: · Measure productivity · Track attendance · Assess behaviour · Ensure security, and prevent internal theft. With the shift to hybrid work, 85% of leaders have trouble believing their workers are being productive. Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that the demand for employee monitoring software has skyrocketed since the pandemic. According to one report, searches for employee monitoring software rose by 75% in March 2020 compared with the 2019 monthly average, and demand remained strong in 2021 and 2022. A report from ExpressVPN found that close to 80% of employers use monitoring software to track employee performance and online activity. As mentioned, employee monitoring tools aren’t just used for monitoring employees - they can also increase a company’s online security and reduce the risk of data breaches. Unsurprisingly, the same report from ExpressVPN also showed that employees who know that they are being watched report feeling more anxiety and pressure. Monitored employees also are substantially more likely to take unapproved breaks and purposely work at a slow pace. Finally, employee monitoring can diminish morale and expose sensitive data. At the end of the day, there seems to be a fine line between monitoring employees fairly and rather dystopian situations that could come straight out of an episode of Black mirror. And, my dear friends, this is exactly what makes this topic perfect for HR Debatable in the form of the following statement: Employee monitoring is necessary for productivity and security.