Published On: Thu, Mar 20th, 2014 on 5:17 pm

Trust going “out of the window” as staff watched for no good reason via CCTV

Office Worker

Increasing numbers of workers are being watched by their bosses via CCTV in their place of work, according to research by a national camera installation company.

A survey conducted by CCTV.co.uk on over 3,000 staff at UK-based offices, shops and factories, has highlighted that the overuse of CCTV has had damaging implications for workplace morale.

87% of those surveyed supported workplace CCTV for security and safety reasons.

But 25% of those surveyed said they would consider their position if they knew their managers were watching them for no good reason whilst only 8% said they supported CCTV to monitor staff performance.

Jonathan Ratcliffe, a spokesperson for the company that carried out the research, said: “Workers have no quibbles with being monitored for safety reasons. That’s because they’re not the primary reason they’re being watched.

“It’s when there’s no clear reason for setting cameras on staff that this breaks down, and we’ve heard some outrageous stories of workplace surveillance.”

The company has had complaints that CCTV cameras have been found overlooking photocopiers, staff kitchens, smoking shelters and stationery cupboards, as staff complained they were being “spied on”.

One worker even complained to the company that a camera had been installed outside the staff toilets.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “Time and again we were told that employees broadly accept cameras in the workplace. But the moment they’re turned on staff, all trust goes out of the window.

“Trust is important in the workplace. Once it’s abused it cannot be bought back lightly.”

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