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Big data: lessons for employers and employees

Debora Jeske (School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland)
Thomas Calvard (Business School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 6 January 2020



The purpose of this paper is to critically reflect on the pros and cons of using employee information in big data projects.


The authors reviewed papers in the area of big data that has immediate repercussions for the experiences of employees and employers.


The 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.


This 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.



Jeske, D. and Calvard, T. (2020), "Big data: lessons for employers and employees", Employee Relations, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 248-261.



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