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Can employers make you use a camera when you work from home.
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One, they never mentioned the big brother thing when you were appointed and
two, they don't trust you, or anyone else in their employ.
What do they think you're going to do? Or not do?
If an employer didn't trust me to get on with work just because they couldn't see me, then I'd be looking around for a better alternative.
My daughter has worked solely from home in a part-time capacity for an international successful organisation for a few years now and she doesn't have to have a camera on. Her working T&Cs are excellent, she's very much appreciated and she's paid exceptionally well. She can work in her PJs if she wants to (nobody should be ashamed of that) and it's something she really appreciates as she suffers from a long term disabling illness and doesn't always have to worry about 'looking smart in the workplace'. It doesn't matter. She works hard and reaps the rewards. And that's really what employment should be about. You work hard and you are rewarded. No spy in the sky, or anywhere else.
I'm retired now and self-employed (fabulous boss, btw) but even when I was out there in the workplace I was allowed to get on with it without any bosses hovering over me. If any boss doubts your honesty and integrity then it's not a good atmosphere.
It is possible to find employers who don't live in a Dickensian fashion.
At any future interview I'd ask if the employer expected me to work under a camera all day long before I asked any other question. But I would be looking around to see what else is out there.
Of course this is all my own opinion. (And I think your employers are ludicrous.)
And if they're insisting on cameras on all the time, what policies have they put in place regarding this? This is draft guidance from the ICO, might its requirements concentrate their minds?
As an employer i understand this.
It's a workers market at the moment so they will get the type of employees that they deserve.
If it bothers you enough to make you look for another job then by all means do so. Employment is a two way process and both the employee and the employer need to find the terms acceptable.
At the moment you have no job security and could be "let go" just by giving you one week's notice (unless your contract requires more). It is normally much easier to secure another job when currently employed rather than unemployed. Also, any prospective employer is likely to want a reference from your most recent employer. There is no legal requirement for them to provide one and the myth that an employer "can't give a bad reference" is just that - a myth!
So, why poke the bear?
I'm totally respectful to my employers and offer good service to them, but on the other hand I'm not just going to scurry away in a corner and "do as I'm told".
But I am wondering, is that actually what they are saying? Or could it be that they just want the team to get together on a video call every so often?
Personally I'd be tempted to suggest or organise a 15 or 30 minute daily team video call to discuss the days objectives / check how everyone is, have a chat etc etc, then outside of those calls and other pre-arranged meetings just turn the tablet off and see if anyone says anything more.
I was a bit confused though - are you doing your main work from a separate laptop/device, and this tablet has been provided for the sole purpose of acting as a webcam?