Secret’s Safe With Me — Or is It? Workplace Privacy in the Internet Age

by Evil HR Lady on February 2, 2015

Human Resource professionals believe in privacy. We don’t share salaries or performance ratings (unless it’s part of our company policy to do so). When someone comes to complain about a perceived injustice, we conduct our investigations with the utmost care. When we coach a manager on how to handle a difficult employee, we do so behind closed doors so that only those that truly need to know, know. Privacy is a hallmark of good HR.

In an effort to be efficient, though, we’ve made everything electronic. Yes, this is convenient and makes it possible to review everything from an employee’s pay history to their performance reviews with one click or toggle. However, it also means that employee privacy has become a lot harder.

In the old days, we did paper — and lots of it. Violating employee privacy was possible in only a few ways — if we left something at the copier, or accidentally set a file down in the office kitchen, for example. Now? Well, take the case of a poor former co-worker who accidentally sent a detailed rejection email to everyone in the building rather than just to the internal candidate. For hours, people were hitting reply-all saying, “Why am I getting this?” and then those responses started to morph into, “For all this embarrassment, you should just give the guy the job anyway.”

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

dobiloan February 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

How Human Resource Management will be affected to the changing world of work?


kenjune February 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

The world of work is rapidly changing. As a part of organization, Human Resource Management (HRM) must be prepared to deal with effects of changing world of work. For the HR people it means understanding the implications of globalization, work-force diversity, changing skill requirements, corporate downsizing, continuous improvement initiatives, re-engineering, the contingent work force, decentralized work sites and employee involvement.


dobiloan February 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Thank you @kenjune

Your idea was true. HR Management must be always prepared in dealing with the effects of changing the world of work.


Sheilla February 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

As the world of work is extremely changing, aspects of Human Resource Management will be affected in the sense that its standards will gradually rise up due to the changing that occurs. Companies will look for high qualified applicants who are capable of doing the job. Specifically, those people in the Human Resource Management will choose the deserving applicants who are highly qualified and meet the highest standards that the company wants.


dobiloan February 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Thank you @Sheilla

Companies will look for high qualified people who are capable of doing the job. But, do you think that the people who are low-skilled workers still have the chance to be hired?


neyngnadal February 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

In this issue on the changing nature of work and organizations, we explore how changes in the external environment affect the world of work. Over the past decade, several factors have come together to impact the role,relevance and practice of human resource management in organizations. These factors operate at many different levels and raise important issues and challenges for the management of organizations. For example, individuals in the workforce have somewhat different values and expectations about work now. Organizations are employing the most educated workforce in the history of the world. Employees have higher salary expectations, the availability of opportunities to participate in organizational decision making, and the need to betreated fairly and with respect. In addition, more employees are concerned about the effects of work demands and work hours on their family and on their personal lives.


HARING1995 February 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

As I consider “changing world of work” as those advanced systems (eg. technology used, diversification of people, nature of work, system design, and the like) which are commonly practiced by different companies from different industries of today’s generation, I can say that Human Resource Management would greatly be affected by these changes. This is so because of the advanced methodologies that affect HRM personnel in their way of selecting a candidate that would possess a skill that suits to the desired position, with the technologies, workforce, and diversification under consideration, that the candidate has to skillfully adapt. A more understandable way of saying this is to spot the past’s inability to exceed the productivity of today’s generation as it is distinct for us that we are now technologically-advanced. So basically the skills over what people have to possess is the thing that affect HRM during the selection process, considering the “changing world of work”.


dobiloan February 5, 2015 at 11:54 am

Thank you @haring1995 for sharing your ideas as to how Human Resource Management will be affected to the changing world of work.

It is true that the HRM will adapt changes with the technological advances because this might have the possibility that the company will do retrenchment. This is the instances to reduce workers because the installation of labor saving devices has also the man power to the do the particular work in the company.


Voltaire Hero February 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm

security level on employee’s privacy should be raised as high as possible, so as the company policy, to maintain or improve the quality of workforce of every employee and to satisfy the customers’s demands. Company policy and the privacy of employment information should also be highlighted during hiring of employees.


dobiloan February 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Thank you @neyngnadal

Do other employees still have the chance to be hired? will they have to undergo training with the management in order for them to be qualified to achieved the required standards.


neyngnadal February 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Recruiting an employee is arduous for an employer as recruiting eats up hours of staff time and energy. From planning the employee recruitment to interviews and the selection of a superior employee, current employees invest time and energy to select the right employee. A well-prepared, qualified job seeker can increase their likelihood of landing the job by avoiding these job seeker behaviors employers hate. Employers magnify their chances of hiring a superior employee, when they avoid job seekers who exhibit these ten fatal errors (enumerated below), what employers hate about job seekers.
1 Job seekers present their credentials unprofessionally.
2 Job seekers apply indiscriminately for jobs that don’t match their skills and experience.
3 Job seekers present their credentials unprofessionally.
4 Job seekers lie on their resume or bolster their credentials by blurring details or leaving out pertinent facts.
5 Job seekers are unprepared to fill out the job application during their scheduled interview.
6 Job seekers fail to research the company.
7 Job seekers try to get to hiring managers in an effort to circumvent the hiring process.
8 Job seekers that “bug” hiring managers and HR staff quickly wear out their welcome.
9 Job seekers indulge in unprofessional interview behavior.
10 Job seekers fail to practice common courtesy.
To conclude this, my answer is YES, unqualified applicants can be hired soon enough IF they choose an employer/company wisely. Every job has its unique requirement for an applicant to apply for,for a particular person not for every person.


dobiloan February 4, 2015 at 6:52 am


Thank you for the useful information.


Kweshiee February 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm

I think HRM is affected with the changing world of work through the high standards they would set to keep pace with the advanced world. Chances for average people would be lessen.


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