24 September 2021

Australian bosses are world-leaders in employee surveillance [$]: ”About 61 per cent of senior executives in large corporations in Australia told a Herbert Smith Freehills’ global survey released on Wednesday they expect to see a rise in employee activism over the next three to five years, with employee surveillance (40 per cent) topping pay (36 per cent) and vaccine status (15 per cent) as the key trigger. According to the report, more than 90 per cent of Australian employers are using software to monitor their employee location when they work remotely, far more than any other region. North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom all ranked less than 80 per cent. … The dominance of surveillance technology comes as firms reported a surge in sales of monitoring software last year, including webcam access, random screenshot monitoring and keystroke monitoring. … Large corporates are already taking active steps to mitigate the risk of employee activism, with 97 per cent of Australian employers saying they restricted or controlled employee actions.“