You already know that nothing that goes on in the workplace is totally private.
But it’s not just the office gossips hanging around the water cooler who have secrets to share. Your boss is probably keeping some of her own information under the radar, too—and it could very well affect you.
According to research gathered by MarketWatch, many employees are being spied on, passed over for promotions or judged by their appearances—among a host of other hidden grievances—without their knowledge.
So what secrets might your manager have? Here are some of the top sneaky behaviors employers have admitted to:
1. Reading your emails—and your IMs.
Nothing is sacred on your work computer. Even so, the thought of someone rifling through your electronic correspondences is, well, downright creepy. So the next time you’re tempted to badmouth your co-workers over supposedly private IM, think again—half of U.S. companies monitor internet use, and almost one-third monitor emails.
2. Having an age bias.
The retiring boomer population is yielding younger managers in the workplace, and a lot of them may prefer to work with their cohorts. Data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show that age-bias claims have jumped by 44% from 1997 to 2012, and are the fastest-growing type of claim being filed.
3. Doubting that sick day.
One in four employers say they suspect more workers have been faking illnesses to take sick days since the economic downturn—and they have no qualms about checking your alibi. A full 30% of bosses have checked in on employees who were sick—and 64% of those required a doctor’s note as proof.
4. Being unsympathetic toward mothers.
Many mothers in the workplace don’t get promotions or high-profile projects because their employers think they won’t have the time or energy to make their jobs a priority, a phenomenon known as the “mommy penalty.”
5. Playing favorites.
About 60% of workers have considered a boss a friend—but that can backfire. Bosses who take a liking to certain employees will play favorites by introducing them to the right people or giving them more personal guidance, but you have to remember your “friend” is still your performance evaluator—the minute the personal relationship goes south, so can the work relationship.
Wonder what other secrets your boss is keeping? Read the full article on Marketwatch.