How, and when, employers should monitor employees

5 areas of law relate to workplace monitoring
By Adrian Miedema and Andy Pushalik
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/02/2009

 Is it human nature to desire privacy or notoriety or both? It’s hard to know, with YouTube celebrities, tell-all blogs and reality television on the one hand, and people clamouring for privacy on the other hand.

People seem to want to put the most sensitive and embarrassing details of their lives on public display, but then cry out about the importance of privacy. Perhaps what people really want is the freedom to choose.

As such, employees will not take kindly to employer monitoring forced on them without their consultation or consent. The workplace, however, is not a free country when it comes to privacy.