I work at a very small company, no HR or process of accountability. It's basically myself, the coworker, and the boss. The coworker is someone who's been with the company for over 40 years, and we absolutely need his abilities for the company to function, so there's no chance of his being fired or seriously punished. I've voiced complaints to the boss, threatened to quit, but nothing really changes. However, I have a feeling that my boss either doesn't totally believe me, or thinks that I'm being oversensitive. If I had video evidence of my coworker in the act, I think something effective would be done (for instance, he may decide that I could work from home on most days, which is something we have loosely discussed in the past).
posted by Sine_Agraphia to Technology (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The coworker purposefully moves things around in my workspace when I'm not there, with the direct intention to frustrate me. He hides things, breaks things, throws my papers on the ground, and I'm afraid that he's even done things to the food I keep here. I want to set up a spy camera so that I can show footage to the owner and, if necessary, the police. (Any insight into the legality of this, or what other legal recourse I might have, would be appreciated. FWIW, I live in New York City). My coworker is larger than me, stronger than me, and I believe he has anger issues. I have tried confronting him in the past, and it has only exacerbated things. In general, I do not feel safe confronting him on my own (although he has never explicitly threatened to harm me).
I want a camera that either has decent motion detection, or would take continuous video recordings, and save them directly to a folder in my computer. I want to have video recordings that capture the entire work day, if necessary, so that I can skim at a later time to see if he's done anything while I wasn't there (for instance, when I go to use the bathroom, or out to lunch); so, I think this would need to be a wire-powered camera, rather than battery-powered. I would also prefer that it be in the guise of a common office area item, like perhaps a calculator, AC adapter, keyboard, etc. The video quality is not a factor for me, so long as you can decently make out what's going on. Access to the camera from a smart phone app would be a major plus.
I've done a lot of searching on Amazon, and I can't seem to find anything that both meets my criteria and isn't outrageously expensive. I also can't seem to find items with many reviews, in general, so I'm wary of shelling out money for a potentially fragile and/or dysfunctional product.
Any recommendations, advice, or personal anecdotes of similar situations, would be very appreciated. :)
(Let it be known, by the way, that I have no intention of quitting, so please do not offer this suggestion. FWIW, I am also indispensible to this company, and I have no reason to fear "making too much trouble over this," regarding my standing with my boss. I absolutely need to keep this job, at least for the foreseeable future).