Some organisations are monitoring their employees as they work—or don’t work—from home. But there are pitfalls to this strategy.
Remote working has become a norm in the pandemic, but concern has been growing that many workers tapping away at their laptops may also have a spy in their living rooms or bedrooms: their bosses. As lockdown forced millions to set up office at home there has been increasing alarm about the software employers may be using to monitor their staff. Last week the worries reached new heights when the Labour Party called for revised rules to regulate digital surveillance. The party is concerned workers are monitored without their informed consent. “Ministers must urgently provide better regulatory oversight of online surveillance software to