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Employees: I see you. I can track you. Should I?
Employees: I see you. I can track you. Should I?

Employees: I see you. I can track you. Should I?

WhereAreYou_jtpedersen_tracking_should IEarlier today I was pointed toward an article, “So You Want To Keep Track of Staff – But Will They Let You?”  Let’s turn the question on it’s ear.  As an employer, I can see you, I can track you: Should I, or should I even want to?

In the vast majority of cases, no. If the members of my teams need that level of monitoring, that level of micro-management, for my businesses, I have done a poor job in hiring.

As the article cites, there are some cases where geo-tracking is appropriate. For instance, where are my distribution vehicles? Where are my high-value assets (e.g. a truck, a major piece of equipment)? In these cases I am not tracking the person but rather the company asset.

cctv_camera_jtpedersen_tracking_should I_privacyIn cases where, for operational expediency, tracking is a value-add, then it needs to be up-front in the hiring process. And, there need to be specified limits applied.

This is like any other sort of reporting process. I do not want my teams to track something simply because it can be, because it’s easy.  There needs to be a specific value-add reason. Otherwise you are simply squandering resources and lowering morale.

[pullquote align=”right”]You might just get more value out of ‘not’ tracking your people, when they know you ‘could.'[/pullquote]With the increased prevalence of tracking services such as Google Latitude and Glympse, check-ins via Facebook and Yelp!, or geo-tagging whenever you post on Goggle+ and Twitter, what do you think?  Under what circumstances might you feel Ok with your employer tracking you?

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Map: Google Latitude
CCTV Camera: abcdz2000


  1. Interesting question. I suppose if it’s the kind of job where the employer is providing the vehicle, then I would say, OK to the tracking. Otherwise, I could consider it off limits.

    Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean that you should. Thanks for making us think.

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