Workplace Privacy: Managing email privacy in public spaces

by EPI Staff on May 4, 2009

Q:What’s the best way to keep nosey co-workers from standing over your shoulder and reading your e-mails?

A:Ask them to stop. In a case like this it is OK to be direct. While cubicle-style offices may encourage some co-workers to participate in this kind of space invading, it’s unprofessional at best. Simply say, “Frank, I’ll have to ask you to step back from my computer. I’m working a project that’s not for public consumption.” If the behavior continues you could talk to a supervisor.

For more on business etiquette, check out Peter Post’s column at The Boston Globe or Peter Post and Peggy Post’s book The Etiquette Advantage in Business 2nd Edition.

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