Are you being monitored at work? Big Brother vs Big Benefits

Managing people can be tricky and it’s a fine line between supportive leader and overbearing boss. Software can help, but will employees see big brother or big benefits?

David Quinn: BrightHR Social Media Manager

Getting the best out of your employees takes time and effort, and there’s a fine line between being a supportive leader and an overbearing boss. But if your business is to reach its full potential then it’s important to manage and monitor your employees.

Take for example the issue of absence. In a world where your people are your biggest asset, managing and measuring the impact of absence is surely a must. And whilst you can’t put a price on talent, when vital team members are missing there is always a cost to your business.

It’s estimated that British companies lose around 131 million days and £16 billion in income every year because of sickness alone, so it’s no surprise to learn that HR departments are constantly looking for new, efficient ways to manage and review absenteeism. But this isn’t just an HR issue. It’s a wider business challenge, and companies are starting to invest in affordable software solutions that can help to monitor and take care of this often delicate process.

Despite its growing popularity, this way of working isn’t without its challenges. And while streamlined, online management is undoubtedly highly efficient, it isn’t always fully understood.

Historically, the idea of ‘Big Brother’ has always been one that incites fear rather than reassurance. And despite living in a time where we’re happy to share endless amounts of personal data in very public ways via social media, the thought of our behaviour being tracked and analysed can still feel authoritarian or claustrophobic. Many staff will view the introduction of any such software as ‘spyware’: a way to snoop and invade their privacy rather than as an essential business tool.

So how do we communicate the benefits of such software so that it’s actively accepted and embraced by all.

Read the full article in The New Workforce

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