Data on screen Workers cite insecure software in the workplace, incompetent IT departments and previously misplaced data as reasons they don’t trust their employer with their personal information. (Image: Shutterstock)

Workers expect their employer to monitor work emails, phones and other workplace activities to make sure they are on track to meet business goals, but they really object to their employer stalking them on Facebook, according to the HR Metrics & Analytics Summit’s report, “Workplace Privacy and Protection- Is Your Employer Watching Your Every Move?”

The survey of 250-plus global HR leaders and anonymous employees found that a majority of workers (72 percent) say it’s unacceptable for employers to monitor private social media accounts. More than half of the workers additionally indicated that tracking physical movements and personal interactions in the workplace is objectionable.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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