Workers expect to be monitored at work, but they find it less appropriate for their employers to do so using technology than in-person. Nearly nine in 10 workers (87%) in a new Axios|SurveyMonkey poll say it’s appropriate for an employer to monitor employees’ behavior at work in person by doing things like having employees clock in and out.
Fewer, though still a solid majority (62%), say it’s appropriate for an employer to monitor its employees at work using technology—for example, by reviewing their work computer use, monitoring their emails, or tracking their location.
Nearly seven in 10 workers (68%) say it’s likely that their current employer routinely monitors them using technology, and even more (80%) say they trust their employer to monitor them appropriately at work.
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Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:
How appropriate do you think it is for an employer to routinely monitor its employees’ behavior at work in person (for example, by having employees clock in and out, or by observing who is working late or leaving early)?
How appropriate do you think it is for an employer to routinely monitor its employees’ behaviors at work using technology (for example, by reviewing employees’ work computer use, by monitoring their work emails, or by tracking their location)?
If you were a supervisor and you had the ability to do so, how likely would you be to monitor your employees using technology?
How much do you trust your employer with information gathered about you at work?
How much do you trust your employer to monitor you appropriately at work?
How likely would you be to change your behavior if you knew that your employer was monitoring you using technology?
How likely do you think it is that your employer routinely monitors you using technology?