Workplace surveillance is a debatable issue. It has its pros and cons. This essay will discuss the advantages of adopting a policy of surveillance at workplace, especially in the context of Worldfoods. It further aims to discuss the challenges that will be brought if this policy is adopted and studies the relationship between HR policies in general and the business strategies. This relationship will further elaborate the effect of adopting a policy of workplace surveillance on the employees and thus overall, on the organizational performance.

Advantages of adopting policy on workplace surveillance:-

Surveillance in the workplace refers to the monitoring of employees’ behaviour, attitudes, their characteristics, actions, records and performances in real time (Ball, 2010). It does not just monitors, but also records and controls it, because it gives the organization a proof if employees engage in any unethical or wrong activity, and imposes a restriction on employees, as they know that they are being watched. Workplace surveillance can take both social and technological forms (Ball, 2010). It can be used for gathering personal information of employees, their activities on Internet and social media, their location tracking, biometrics and even alcohol and drug testing (Ball, 2010). Surveillance is done by the employers to protect their assets and to maintain the power and authority structure which is the main function of supervisors, that is, to oversee their subordinates (Ball, 2010).

Computer systems, technologies and surveillance has made it possible for organizations to deal with their security problems which can occur if employees are disloyal as they can e-mail trade secrets to competitors or audience without anyone knowing (Martin & Freeman, 2003). Even hacking or viruses can be spread to affect some crucial information of the company. Therefore, Internet usage and content should be monitored to know if there are any traitors sitting inside your organization.