According to research carried out by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC), 56% of UK workers believe that they are monitored by their bosses at work.
Here are the types of monitoring (least tolerable):
a) The use of facial recognition technology for mood monitoring.
b) The monitoring of social media accounts outside work.
c) The recording of a worker's location on wearable or handheld devices
d) The monitoring of keyboard strokes.
It might be unfair to say your boss is “spying,” or simply “keeping close tabs on your activity”. But unfortunately, there can be situations, when your boss will have to spy on you, maybe for good.
Your boss may be spying on you because of these reasons:
You show signs of lack of interest during meetings or when it comes to delivering ideas.
Checking in every time for notifications, taking calls, scrolling social media or you are never putting away your phone.
You are not being dedicated to the work and may be involved in some external work as well.
You plan to change your job without coming to your boss about what you don’t like or want to be changed.
Showing up on time is important, to be ready for a good start of the day.
Your boss particularly is not liking how you work and want you to get in trouble.
When your emails to co-workers or managers are not in the right tone and it often invites conflict.
You’re being terribly bad at prioritizing tasks at work and thus, miss deadlines all the time.
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Your boss may detect something fishy if you show no interest in team-building activities or fun activities at work.
Employees often see the downside of being monitored at work. While there are some drawbacks, there are many advantages as well. It can be for your own good. It could be how you get a promotion or an appraisal.
However, if you feel your boss is targeting you in an unfair manner, try to reform the situation by talking to your boss.
Do you feel your boss is spying on you at work? How do you feel about this? Let me know in the comments below.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.