There are several reasons employers would want to monitor their employees, including:
• To ensure that employees are using business resources (Internet, e-mail, faxes, telephones, vehicles) for business purposes rather than for personal use;
• To protect valuable property from theft;
• To promote safety and minimize liability for employees' negligent acts; and
• To deter violence in the workplace by using video surveillance as evidence.
Employee's perception. Employers should also consider the effect that an electronic monitoring policy may have on employee morale. Many employees view such policies as a matter of mistrust by the employer. Likewise, many employees feel that monitoring policies are invasive and that their privacy should be protected against such practices.