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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Our Open-Plan Workplace Fosters Violations of Confidentiality. How Do We Persuade Management to Take Action?

March 16, 2010
Related Topics: Miscellaneous Legal Issues, HR Services and Administration, Corporate Culture, Dear Workforce, Legal
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I am in a quandary. I recently joined a Fortune100 financial services company and believe our HR processes are a mess. For instance, HR employees (not in management) share cubicles with some of the employees they support. As a result, confidential conversations often take place within earshot of co-workers. I feel like we in HR are being forced to violate confidentiality, but management seems deaf to the problem. Getting conference rooms is difficult—they are usually booked, and charged back to the department. What advice do you have for how I can continue to provide support to employees and managers while also respecting their privacy?
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