Panopticon's Electronic Resurrection: Workplace Monitoring as an Ethical Problem

Buyuk K., Keskin U.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, vol.5, no.2, pp.75-88, 2012 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-88
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


We live in a world of electronic monitoring with a view to improve the employees' efficiency. The lack of legal regulations in this area leads to shift from monitoring the employees' work lives towards their private lives. Failing to restrict such monitoring may cause losses in organizational efficiency and it negatively affects the psychology of employees. Rapid changes in technology in recent years have greatly reduced the costs of electronic monitoring systems, and as a result new electronic monitoring tools have emerged in work life. The purpose of this study is to find out the ethical ways for electronic monitoring in organizations. To this end a comprehensive literature review has been conducted and the findings have been discussed. An unnecessary monitoring system will cost financially to businesses and imply lack of trust in employees. In order to prevent violations of privacy in the workplace the boundaries of monitoring should be clearly stated to all employees in accordance with the principles set by various international organizations.