Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Do you work harder when someone is watching? Ethics & Issues 11-1

I think people do word harder when someone is watching because they are afraid to mess up or get out of line (such as a work setting). The Hawthorne Effect explains this thoroughly. With the conduction of the Hawthorne Effect, people worked harder while being watched. This observation may not be very ethical, but I think it depends on how the people are being observed. If your boss is hanging around watching you work, as long as its not for hours at a time, I don't see a problem with. On the other hand, someone watching you on a camera may be an invasion of privacy. If productivity increases during observation, it may be a good data gathering system because then everyone is doing their job and doing it well.

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