PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to critically reflect on the pros and cons of using employee information in big data projects.Design/methodology/approachThe authors reviewed papers in the area of big data that has immediate repercussions for the experiences of employees and employers.FindingsThe review of papers to date suggests that big data lessons based on employee data are still a relatively unknown area of employment literature. Particular attention is paid to discussion of employee rights, ethics, expectations and the implications employer conduct has on employment relationships and prospective benefits of big data analytics at work for work.Originality/valueThis viewpoint paper highlights the need for more discussion between employees and employers about the collection, use, storage and ownership of data in the workplace. A number of recommendations are put forward to support future data collection efforts in organisations.
Employee Relations: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 6, 2020