• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

January 12, 2010

3 Ways Your Boss Keeps Tabs on You

jobs, careers and the workplace

Photo Credit: N. Hendrickson/Getty Images

Special Offer

You can be fired for just about any reason, from maintaining a closet Marlboro habit to sporting a "Yes We Can" bumper sticker. (The exceptions: It is illegal to terminate on the basis of race, gender, age, or religion.) That's the startling conclusion of Lewis Maltby's eyebrow-raising Can They Do That? Retaking Our Rights in the Workplace. Here, Maltby dishes on ways employers keep tabs on their workforce, and what you can do to protect yourself.

•Taking a stand makes you a target. "There is no right to free speech when it comes to work," warns Maltby. Translation: You can be fired for simply Tweeting about the cafeteria's ho-hum tuna melts.
Protect yourself: Keep blog, Twitter, and Facebook posts unrelated to work. And exercise some common sense. If your boss, an avid hunter, hangs a moose head in his office, why antagonize him by plastering your cube walls with PETA paraphernalia?

•Your social life is fair game. Your boss can ax you for after-hours activities that rub her the wrong way — dressing up as Sarah Palin on Halloween, for example.
Protect yourself: Before taking any job, get the scoop on a potential boss by talking to current and former employees.

•Your boss spies on you — even when you're at home. If you log on to the office network remotely, any e-mail you send, whether from Gmail or Outlook, passes through your firm's servers and is therefore accessible to your firm.
Protect yourself: Log out of the corporate network before tending to personal business. And do yourself a favor — print copies of all the glowing e-mails you've ever received from the boss. You never know when they'll come in handy.

Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Go to the Beach

Go to the Beach

enter now
You Know You Want More
More From Money Advice
Smart, Sexy Money

Live your richest life — no matter what you earn — with these no-fail tips from LearnVest's money guru Alexa von Tobel.

The Rich Girl's Money Rules to Live By

Want to earn more? Spend smarter? Live a glamorous life? Take charge of your money with our financial cheat sheet.

Real-Life Revenge of the Nerds

A new book suggests that teenage outcasts are the most likely to succeed as adults.

post a comment

Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.