Respecting Privacy

“Privacy is not something that I am merely entitled to; it is an absolute pre-requisite.”


–Marilyn Monroe

Privacy refers to how much physical and mental space we desire from others and how much of the same they desire from us. While it is good to have a professional bonding for a team to gel together, it is also equally important to maintain a reasonable distance with our colleagues in a work environment. What is ‘reasonable’ is debatable and is the subject of discussion for this chapter.

There are two dimensions of personal privacy—personal space and informational privacy. Personal space refers to the physical distance you should maintain with a colleague, in terms of where you sit or stand, your gestures and what you ...

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