Just idea of it makes workers cringe but policing employees may become a necessary measure in battling office politics.
Most bosses and subordinates hate the idea of “policing” and “being policed.” It’s a word that makes everyone stand up a little straighter because essentially police are the figures that uphold the law and brings rule breakers to justice. However, the workplace culture needs a strong figure of authority to uphold the company rules and ethics because in a competitive work culture, the lines of good behavior often get blurred. Company heads often monitor the online actions of their employees, so it would make sense to monitor the in-office actions as well.
When the conniving actions of employees and bosses go unchecked, it escalates and creates more opportunity for the bad behavior to continue. It may encourage others to behave unethically as well. There may be office bullies that create a hostile environment in which to work in. This type of employee fosters fear and aversion and if the actions go unchecked, it could psychologically harm workers. Employees may also feel harassed— sexually or psychologically— and again, perpetrators may be causing mental harm to the victims.
Essentially unethical employees end up victimizing the ethical ones and that makes the workplace dynamics one of bullies and victims. Which one are you?
In all of these cases employees, employers and even HR need to step in early to put an end to bad ethics on the job— police the bad employees and defend the good ones. Remember, it’s not about micromanaging. It’s about keeping order and doesn’t every worker deserve that?