Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace: Controversies and Solutions: Controversies and Solutions

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Weckert, John
Idea Group Inc (IGI), Nov 30, 2004 - Computers - 305 pages
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The use of new technologies, coupled with the fact that there is an increasing amount of work being done on-line, whether on the Internet, intranets, LANs or other networks, has made extensive employee monitoring by employers inexpensive and easy. Employers have legitimate concerns about the efficiency of their employees, of the quality of the goods or services produced, and in relation to security. Additionally, monitoring can assist in employee health and safety, help reduce or eliminate sexual, racial and other forms of harassment, reveal areas in which training is required, and reduce the potential for crime, corruption, and other illegal activities. There is rising concern about the rights of employees, especially with respect to their rights to privacy, but also, for example, with respect to questions of justice and employee autonomy and dignity, to the legitimacy of some informed consent, to respect for employees as persons, and to trust. Clearly there are conflicting rights and interests. Ways need to be found to resolve these conflicts in a manner that is fair to all. This book contributes to the debate and will point the way toward some solutions. The contributors come from a variety of disciplines, countries, and cultures, and so bring a wide range of perspectives to the issues.
 

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Contents

Chapter II Ethics of Workplace Surveillance Games
19
Australian Case Studies
35
EMPLOYEES REACTIONS
49
If People Dont Care Then What is the Relevance?
50
Chapter V Negotiating Workplace Surveillance
79
Examining Psychological Boundary Violations as a Consequence of Electronic Performance Monitoring1
101
Chapter VII What Do Employees Think about Electronic Surveillance at Work?
123
NATIONAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
145
Chapter X Electronic Monitoring in the American Academy
171
A Buddhist Perspective
208
SOME CORE CONCEPTS
226
Chapter XII Informed Consent and Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace
227
Chapter XIII Personal Autonomy and Electronic Surveillance in the Workplace
242
The Right to Privacy and Workplace Surveillance and Monitoring in Policing
260
Questioning Employer Monitoring of Computer Usage
276
About the Authors
296

Employees Employers and Workplace Monitoring
146
Legal Explanations on Monitoring the Workplace in Spain
158

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John Weckert is Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), and Professor of Information Technology in the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. He is manager of the CAPPE Research Programme IT and Nanotechnology: Ethics of Emergent Technology. His PhD is in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and he has a Diploma in Computer Science from LaTrobe University.He has taught and published in the area of Information Technology for many years, and in recent times has published widely in the field of Computer Ethics. [Editor]

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