There is some debate over whether business surveillance systems are good for employee moral or not. On the one side, there is an argument that having business alarm systems make your employees feel safer in their work environment. On the other side, there is an argument that these systems make employees feel like “Big Brother” is watching them, and they are in constant fear of doing something wrong that will be caught on camera. Continue reading to learn more about each side of the argument.
Especially in big cities, it is important to take measures to ensure that your employees feel safe in their environment. Many big office buildings are incorporating surveillance systems into their business alarm systems to have an extra way to spot odd behavior that could be of risk. These surveillance systems work much like the ones you see in movies. There are cameras throughout the office, and there is a security guard watching several screens that display the view of those cameras constantly. There is also a backup of the recording in case the security guard does miss something. These surveillance systems are great for identifying risks and removing unknown people from the building. They are also good to have in the case that something does go wrong because the police can use the footage to help catch the person who caused a problem in the building.
Business surveillance systems are like “Big Brother”
“Big Brother” is a term that originally comes from George Orwell’s, “1984″. It means that there is someone watching your every move. Many employees are against having surveillance systems in the office because they do not want to have to worry about what they are doing during every second of the day.
They want to pick their wedgies, go on Facebook, and respond to text messages in peace. While some managers believe that employees who oppose surveillance systems are doing something wrong, even employees who do everything correctly do not like the idea of cameras in the office place. Many employees see these systems as a sign that their employers do not trust them, and it can significantly lower office productivity if this is the case.
Should you have a surveillance system?
As a manager, it’s up to you to decide whether or not a surveillance alarm system is a good idea. If you choose to get one, then you should find a way to explain the safety benefits to your employees. If you have push back, then you should speak with all of the concerned employees to find out if there is a way to make them feel trusted and satisfied in their environment.