More on personal and professional communication

Morning Edition had an interesting segment in their business news this morning: a woman wrote in to say that she felt her boss was too interested in her personal life, and wanted advice on how to respond. The part that caught my attention is barely summarized in the story’s page on the NPR website, though. At the end of the conversation with Kathy (the employee) and Ben Dattner (a workplace consultant and psychologist), Ben asks, “Have you thought about why her interest in what you do outside of work feels like prying?” And they talk for a minute about how our past experiences, and family experiences in particular, affect how we interpret people’s actions when we interact with them at work.

It’s a short piece, and you can hear the whole thing on the website (linked above), so I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in this topic to go listen.

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