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Working from Home? Smile, You Might Be Monitored Live on Camera

Nearly all companies keep tabs on employees in some way, a new survey found, despite research showing that monitoring can backfire.

A woman working from home.

A woman working from home.

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More than one in three employers (37%) use live camera feeds to keep tabs on remote workers, prompting some to quit while others get fired, a new survey found.

Just about every company that has remote workers uses some form of monitoring, the survey of 1,000 business leaders from career site found, with the most common tactics being monitoring web browsing and blocking certain apps or content. Most companies have either terminated staff or have had workers voluntarily leave due to the surveillance. Still, just about all of those surveyed strongly or somewhat believe that the monitoring has improved productivity, despite research showing that it can prompt disruptive behavior.