Digital Work Versus Privacy? A Conceptual Model on Employee Privacy Challenges

Mena Teebken, Ioanna Constantiou, Thomas Hess

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Digital work is closely tied to the generation of employee data. In turn, increasing workplace digitalization leads to rising privacy challenges and corresponding employee privacy concerns. Understanding the role of privacy in digital workplaces is essential to enable digital work. On the one hand, the effects of employee privacy concerns are widely studied in research. On the other hand, little is known about what specific privacy challenges lead to employee privacy concerns in the first place. We interviewed 66 employees on their perceptions of privacy in digital workplaces. On this basis, this study proposes a conceptual model of privacy challenges that depicts mechanisms of digital work that influence employees’ privacy perceptions. Our findings underline the need to understand the emergence of employee privacy challenges to facilitate the changing nature of work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2023
Article number276
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 31st European Conference on Information Systems. ECIS 2023 - University of Agder, Campus Kristiansand, Kristiansand, Norway
Duration: 11 Jun 202316 Jun 2023
Conference number: 31


ConferenceThe 31st European Conference on Information Systems. ECIS 2023
LocationUniversity of Agder, Campus Kristiansand
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


  • Workplace digitalization
  • Digital work
  • Employee privacy
  • Privacy challenges

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