Do you recognise the following conversation?:
“I met with X to discuss an on-going employment issue (insert grievance/ disciplinary etc as applicable). I noticed during our conversation that (s)he had their phone out on the table for the duration of our 10 minute conversation. I’m concerned as I think (s)he might have been recording our conversation”.
The first time I heard this, I too was concerned. Covert recording of conversations isn’t acceptable in today’s workplace. I didn’t have any knowledge or details of Employee X, so I had no opinion as to whether or not they would behave in such an inappropriate way.
But since that first conversation a couple of months ago, I have had similar conversations with a number of different HR colleagues working in different organisations across a diverse range of sectors.
Where has this paranoia come from?
Is this a new trend within the HR profession?
Is it a real threat or have we, as a profession, become that cynical?