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How to monitor staff and keep their respect

‘Corporate surveillance’ is booming, but monitoring employees risks losing their trust. Here’s how to check up on staff without losing their respect.

Even before COVID-19, employers were ramping up their efforts to monitor employee productivity. But not only can it be ethically questionable, it risks damaging productivity too. Writing for Harvard Business Review, Reid Blackman sets out six principles to help you monitor employees without losing their trust.


The rapid transition to working from home necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, means many employers have no way of knowing what their workers are actually doing. The fear of productivity losses and declining revenues is encouraging many leaders to ramp up their employee monitoring efforts.

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Source Article: How to Monitor Your Employees – While Respecting Their Privacy
Author(s): Reid Blackman
Publisher: Harvard Business Review