Birthday Made Public

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about disclosure of personal information:

Does the employee have to write a personal bio and then see it published at the workplace?

Signed, Ageless

DearĀ Ageless:

I imagine you have recently seen your birthday published in a workplace memo or news sheet, and you resent that. You probably are a private person, or at least do not want to have people saying, “Bill or Beth doesn’t look that old” or worse still, “Beth or Bill looks older than that. Is that her/his real age?” People are curious. People talk. People find small talk a way of feeling they are in the know. People need to feel they belong and belonging comes from social knowledge about the ups and downs of others who are in their little circle of the world.

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