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I Spy . . .

Workplace surveillance is coming to small and midsized businesses.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Not sure what your employees are up to during working hours? Bigcompanies are doing everything from installing monitoring softwareon employee computers to hiring undercover actors to pose as newhires and collect evidence of wrongdoing. But what are smallercompanies doing?

Only about 20 percent of employers actively monitor e-mail andInternet usage, while another 20 percent are thinking about it butnot actively monitoring, according to Mallary Tytel, president ofHealthyWorkplaces LLC, a workplace issues consulting firm in Bolton,Connecticut. In fact, 50 percent of employers monitor employeesonly if a complaint or problem arises. "It depends onresources," notes Tytel. Small to midsize companies are morelikely to use technological surveillance (i.e., computer spyprograms), as they're more readily available than undercoverdetective agencies, which can get a bit pricey.

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