How many times have you walked in the door and said to your partner, “You’re not going to believe what happened at work today…”?
A listener named Susan wonders if employees are breaking the confidentiality your employer expects when they do that, and she wrote to ask workplace expert Brandon Smith about it:
“Does telling your spouse about a critical situation at work constitute lack of confidentiality?” she asked. “If only generalities are spoken about, is that acceptable? My boss stated—after I had spoken with my spouse—that we must keep confidentiality. My spouse doesn’t work [at] or know anyone from my corporation. Should I tell my boss what I shared?”
Smith said most employees shouldn’t worry about such a situation.