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TMI and the Workplace

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 9, 2010

"It's official: The TMI phenomenon--as in 'too much information'--has invaded the workplace," Elizabeth Bernstein writes in a Wall Street Journal report. She suggests that reality TV and social networking have created "a culture where people are encouraged to share every sordid--or boring--detail of their lives," and the result is that "they have desensitized us to the idea that some things are meant to be private." She also suggests that use of e-mail has blurred the privacy lines. Highlighting the most uncomfortable instances of office TMI, Bernstein shares tips on how to stop "privacy-challenged" coworkers from over-sharing without ruining work relationships.
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