Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Workplace surveillance boosts stress levels

'Big Brother'-style IT systems are now watching half of the UK's employees, fuelling fear and stress in the workplace.

More than 12 million people are scrutinised by electronic surveillance at work causing a sharp rise in stress levels, according to a survey by the Policy Studies Institute (PSI).

For 23 percent of UK employees, these IT systems are used to check the quality of work produced. Feelings of exhaustion and anxiety related to work are 7.5 percent higher among these 23 percent.

Privacy advocates say the surge in cyber-snooping by bosses will land an increasing number of employers in court defending breaches of the Human Rights Act.

Last year a college secretary from Wales represented by human rights group Liberty won a legal battle against her employers after her personal communications were monitored for 18 months without her consent.

Full story here. Also in the Telegraph.

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