European Steel Giant Turns To Surveillance
Hidden Cameras Catch 13 Employees Sleeping On The Clock
Technology has changed the way we conduct business in every, way, shape and form. Today’s modern business environment involves the use of various computer systems, digital scanning equipment and an assortment other devices to help employees perform at their maximum capabilities. Although employees are provided with more comforts today than in any other time in the history of working man, the old saying still holds true, “When the cat is away the mice will play”. That is why when European steel producing giant, TATA Steel, decided to invest in a wide range of spy camera systems used to monitor employee activity at the office to oversee personnel safety and activity it was no shock that the security products captured more compelling video data than anyone ever expected.
Surveillance in the work place is by no means a new concept. For nearly two decades, intelligent businesses have been using cameras to improve safety and monitor staff member activity, while GPS tracking systems have played a significant role in helping companies boost fleet management strategies through a process known as vehicle tracking. Companies, especially corporate giants such as Tata, have stock holders all across the world, therefore, liability is always a top concern to ensure business operations run smoothly. In an effort to observe operations and safety procedures with precision and detail, Tata made the decision to install smoke detector cameras and light switch cameras throughout a facility based in Southern Wales. What the video monitoring data logged was footage of numerous employees sleeping on the job.
The 13 employees who were documented napping on the job were informed by the company that their services were no longer needed.
According to the original news source, a spokesperson for the steel producing giant explained that the 12-square mile facility where the video monitoring took place has all of the ingredients of being a hazardous work environment if employees are not constantly following safety protocol and being alert. Sleeping on the job was clearly a behavior that not only would result in a less effective work performance, but also could lead to a more serious work-related accident or issue.
The union representing the employees who were terminated for sleeping on the job has expressed their angry over the incident, claiming the company was using “Big Brother” tactics to spy on the workforce. Although only time will tell whether the union will be successful filing some form of grievance on behalf of the employees, there is no denying that the video surveillance cameras were helpful in the company discovering that a) multiple employees were taking advantage of company time, and b) that substantial safety protocol was likely being broken.
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