As more monitoring devices including phones or video recorders, wristbands, microchips, and wireless sensors that measure employees’ brain waves are developed, perceptions toward monitoring devices keep changing by the day. Depending on what type of monitoring is being done, the complexity associated with security cameras and footages are to be handled with extreme care.
More complex devices with elaborate capabilities enter the market every day and help to improve matters revolving around employee attitudes, specifically around perceptions of fairness in the workplace. It would be naive to believe that companies don’t invest in security cameras for workplace environments and it is solely the job of the employees to strictly deal with whatever comes out of these monitoring process.
Employee Comfort Levels Toward Monitoring
Most employees find it unacceptable that they are being monitored during personal, non-work-related activities. Which is why contextual factors are important for how employees will likely react to monitoring, mostly with highly complex jobs requiring a lot of creativity and autonomy.
When someone has a flexible job, they expect the organization is going to give them the discretion to carry out their work. Some of these people will see monitoring as hindering their ability to do their job. They perceive less autonomy in their day-to-day operations.
But for those with low-complexity jobs, like cashiering, monitoring has the opposite effect on them because they are more likely to feel as though it helps them perform better. Monitoring only exhumes problems with employees when they feel it gets in the way of them doing their jobs.
The most invasive of these monitoring devices are the ones employers install underneath employees’ desks that sense body heat to help tell how long employees are away from their desks. Although not all surveillance is equal, and not all people respond similarly to it.
At most, all employers should try to keep a healthy balance between taking advantage of new chip technology while respecting the boundaries of their employees.
5 Strategies For Installing Cameras In A Work Environment
While it is also established that no company or business will curb their use of monitoring devices that they think will improve business operations, it is better to follow the steps below to successfully mount a camera in your business environment.
- Pick the Best Hidden Spot:
Ensure to place the camera opposite the direct line of sight. Watch out for the spot where the majority of the behavior you're monitoring is likely to occur when you are almost set up.
- Watch for Sound Quality:
If the sound is a priority for your monitoring, you need to position your camera out of anything noisy so not to drown the speaker's voice.
- External Power Supply:
Most modern hidden cameras are battery operated, but if necessary, ensure to place the camera close to its power supply. This implies that the plug and wires of the camera need to be hidden as well.
- Network Your Camera:
Connecting your camera to a secure wireless network if possible will help you easily access the broadcast video anywhere.
- Shield the Camera's Eye:
Don’t let the eye of the camera to be drawn to possible attention depending on the location you are monitoring. Make sure to protect the camera (hidden and outdoor surveillance cameras) from harsh weather conditions to avoid damage.
These variables make the difference in really critical and possible hysteria situation for employees and installing cameras or monitoring devices in a workplace environment wrongly can destroy the total sanctity of business operations and possibly cause business downtimes.