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Should You Police Your Employees?

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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.

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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?

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5 Responses to “Should You Police Your Employees?”

  • Michael Dvorscak says:

    No organizations should not police their employees. This leads to a culture of mistrust and skepticism. Unfortunately, employees give management reasons to start “policing” behavior. But if employees are starting to give management reason to “police” what does it say about the organization’s culture?

  • jrandom42 says:

    In some companies that handle confidential information, you don’t really have much of a choice. Things like SOX, HIPPA, and a lot of DOD information make …MoreIn some that handle confidential information, you don’t really have much of a choice. Things like SOX, HIPPA, and a lot of DOD information make some kind of policing mandatory, unless you like being on the receiving end of Department of Defense or Department of Justice investigations

  • Ji Hyun Lee says:

    @JRandom42– In those instances, yes. In other matters such as bullying coworkers and bosses, policing is helpful. Someone in the office needs to be able to hold employees accountable, at all times. Thx for ur feedback.

  • Natalie Newton says:

    I think many is not all organisations should be policed in some way. I think policing is a strong word though. As an employer, you need to be aware of what your employees are doing. as well as a good friendly management style, you need to know what their up to. this doesnt mean spying and taking extreme measures but its nice to know.

  • Ji Hyun Lee says:

    @Natalie. Agreed 100%. Policing may seem strong but when I refer to it that way, it’s because I’m referring mainly to employees’ actions that could border on illegal activities. ie sexually harassing others, racial/gender discrimination, bullying.

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