The Times podcast: Work from home, get spied on by your boss

Work from home
Andreia Sampaio works from her home in Lisbon, Portugal, in November.
(Armando Franca / Associated Press)

A Gallup poll last fall found that 45% of full-time U.S. employees were still working from home at least some of their hours. A full quarter of them exclusively work from home. Because of this, companies are increasingly using technology to monitor the activities of their workers while they’re on the clock, wherever they are.


Today, we examine how and why companies are spying on their workers at home … and whether a backlash is coming.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times business reporter Don Lee and Stanford University professor Nick Bloom

More reading:

Is your company secretly monitoring your work at home? Since COVID, the practice has surged

How your employer can keep track of your work at home

So your employer is monitoring you. What you should know

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Melissa Kaplan, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editors are Lauren Raab and Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.