Employee Monitoring 2: Protect your company from employee misconduct

by Wally Moore

on March 9, 2011

in Employee, Monitoring

On January 11, 2011, Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in his The State of American Business 2011speech that, “We also need stronger global rules as well as more effective enforcement efforts to address the rampant theft of intellectual property in both the digital and physical worlds . . . and we cannot stand by as 19 million jobs in our most innovative and creative industries are threatened.”

Effective enforcement begins in house with employee monitoring. You may feel like Big Brother, but it’s the most effective way to protect your company against employees you suspect of goofing off while they’re on your payroll, or downloading and removing sensitive files to sell to your competitors. The reality is that it happens all too often.

There are numerous reasons to investigate employees. Here are just a few . . .

Increased Productivity

It’s estimated that US employers lose $759 billion dollars each year. Most of us accept a little downtime during the day for fun and relaxation, but according to surveys by Salary.com and America Online it happens much more than we think.

Conduct Investigations and Document Violations

Todd A. Bromberg, Privacy in Focus, says, “On the one hand, employers must conduct employee investigations to run an efficient business . . . the failure to investigate reported employee misconduct may expose the employer to a myriad of legal claims and increased liability.”

Compliance Requirements

Corporate scandals and breakdowns such as the Enron case of reputational risk in 2001 have highlighted the need for stronger compliance . . . the Sarbanes-Oxley Act developed by two U.S. congressmen . . . defined significant tighter personal responsibility of corporate top management for the accuracy of reported financial statements.

Review

In a good review found on PCMag.com, Matthew Sarrel states “I’d be hard-pressed to find any major deficiencies in Spector 360 . . . I’ve been following this space for years, and I think this is the most mature product in the class. And it’s likely to get better: SpectorSoft . . . has the goods to make it worth the money.”

So what can you do about employee monitoring?

Call us at dts|infotech to install Spector 360-, “Powerful, Centralized Employee Internet Monitoring . . . Spector 360 records your employees’ web sites visited, files transferred, documents printed, emails, chats, instant messages and applications run. In addition, through a first of its kind surveillance-like camera recording tool, Spector 360 provides context by showing you in exact visual detail what an employee does every step of the way.”

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