Companies are increasingly equipping employees with smart watches to improve employees' performance, health, or safety. Thus employers can collect sensitive employees' data using smart watches, including, e.g., employees' health and emotions. This paper investigates the effects of employers' provided information on the employees' intention to share information like activity, health, and location when equipped with a smart watch, considering the privacy calculus. To this end, we have conducted a scenario-based online survey with 1,214 participants in which they have to imagine being equipped with a smart watch by their employer. The scenario was changed in a post-test by increasing employers' provided information to measure the impact of this change on the participants' decisions. Our results indicate that the more information employers provide, the less the participants are willing to disclose data. Therefore, employees who obtain transparent information tend to weigh risks significantly higher in the associated cost-benefit analysis.
Richter, Alexander; Kühtreiber, Patrick; and Reinhardt, Delphine, "On the Impact of Information Provided to Employees on their Intention to Disclose Data Collected by Smart Watches to their Employers" (2022). ECIS 2022 Research Papers. 58.
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