My manager sent out a note last night stating everyone needs to keep their “video on throughout the next and every upcoming team meeting.”
I HATE this! I don’t like looking at my face on screen. I don’t like everyone else seeing my face. It means putting on makeup, which I don’t have to wear working from home.
I don’t like everyone being able to see into my house. It’s MY house.
I don’t think this policy is right or fair. Is it even legal?
Many employers now require employees to leave their video cam on during meetings. Some managers feel it keeps employees more connected to each other and more engaged in the meetings. Some managers want the video cams so they can see whether employees are paying attention.
Many employees are not comfortable leaving their video cams on for reasons such as those you mentioned. Some consider it an invasion of privacy. Some employees feel embarrassed when managers and coworkers look in on their home lives.
Employee privacy rights have limits even when the employees work from home. Employers need to notify employees concerning when and how they are being monitored. This removes the employee’s reasonable expectation of privacy.
Your employer has the right to monitor your use of employer-provided equipment, including your keystrokes, your active and inactive time in key applications, what you type, your work email and the web pages you visit.
Some employers take photographs to see whether employees are sitting at their laptops while at home.
Some employers even use Sneek, a group video conferencing software that’s always on. Sneek features a wall of employee faces and takes photos of employees through their webcam every one to five minutes.1
Although users can use a static photo or pixelate themselves so others can’t see them clearly, this software seems like it might be “in your face.” I’m curious to hear what blog readers think about Sneek.
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