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Work surveillance puts pressure on employees

Published: Wednesday, 09 January 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Employees are being put under more and more pressure by employers who use surveillance to check how hard they are working, according to a new report.

The research, by the Economic and Social Research Council, showed that over half of employers use systems to keep a log of how much work has been done by each employee.

Dr Michael White, who co-directed the study, said: "Computers and IT systems are bringing surveillance to most workplaces. Now for the first time we can see how this development is damaging employees' well-being."

He added that where your work is being routinely recorded electronically, there is a sense you are "becoming an appendage of a machine".

Evidence of added stress was found in employees working in offices where their work was being monitored, in particular in administrative and white collar workers who worked in offices such as call centres.

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