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post #1 of 22
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Well, I'm kind of ticked off. I took a vacation day yesterday and my boss worked for me. She knows I get private emails at work and does not have a problem with it. She checked my email to see if there was anything work related. FINE. She opened some of my emails that were obviously jokes. FINE.

She called me to ask if I wanted her to open and read me a private email. I said no, I'll get it tomorrow. When I came in today, I saw that it had been opened.
post #2 of 22
I would be a little upset about that! I would actually confront her and ask her why she opened that one when you specifically told her not to! I don't think she would appreciate you opening one of her personal emails after you told her not to!
post #3 of 22
Something kind of illegal about that. Awkward situation depending on what kind of relationship you have with her.
post #4 of 22
I would be
I would be so uncomfortable with someone else logging onto my computer at work.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, we are friends. She's doing the photography at my wedding and she's working for me during my vacation. I really do want to confront her, I probably won't because it is minor compared to the favors she's going to be doing for me. It still ticks me off though. It helps being able to vent here. Thanks!
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pombina
I would be
I would be so uncomfortable with someone else logging onto my computer at work.
I am. Its necessary when I'm not here though.

That reminds me of something else. My desk. I realize that I don't OWN the desk or the computer. I do have a problem with someone going through it though. Once in awhile another employee will open a drawer looking for something. ASK me. If I'm not at my desk, WAIT. I don't go far - just to the ladies room and back. Otherwise I feel like my privacy is being invaded.

Are you guys the same way?
post #7 of 22
I'm with you, I'd be very upset if someone just went in my drawers. Not that theres anything private in there but they are organised chaos and I know where everything is so I'd be super annoyed if someone messed it up. Plus it's just the principal of it.
I get secretly annoyed if someone takes me pen without asking
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pombina
I get secretly annoyed if someone takes me pen without asking
I am the crazy one in the office who tapes my names to my pens and chases you down if you take them!! I just like MY pens and hate having to go to the supply closet to get a new one.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I am the crazy one in the office who tapes my names to my pens and chases you down if you take them!! I just like MY pens and hate having to go to the supply closet to get a new one.
I sit by the mail tray so when someone comes over to put mail in it, they constantly take my pen to write the address on. One day I'm going to explode because it means I have to stop what I'm doing if I need to write something down.
post #10 of 22
You could get one of those pens like the banks have that are chained to the counter and chain it to your desk just for them to use!
post #11 of 22
As intruding as it sounds, she does technically have a right.

If you are receiving personal emails through your company email then your boss and the IT staff can read it. Your company provides you with an email address for business purposes, not for getting the latest gossip with Aunt Flo. Reason is for security purposes. Being in IT I have seen a lot more viruses and such happen because of personal emails...mainly jokes.

Plus, many companies have a Computer Use Policy provided by the IT staff. Usually it will state in there that your email is for business only. By rights we do have access and will read email if we feel it is necessary. In some situations managers have asked for rights to their employees email accounts.

I do admit I have access to everyones email account at my company and will read what they have sent. I do it more or less for a safety precaution. You wouldn't BELIEVE some of the stuff I've seen people send...
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
As intruding as it sounds, she does technically have a right.

If you are receiving personal emails through your company email then your boss and the IT staff can read it.
I understand that she TECHNICALLY has a right; however, for her to call and ask me - I say no thanks - and then she does it anyway... She knew that the email was from the person who will be doing my wedding ceremony and there was no attachment. IMO she was just being nosy.
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
Your company provides you with an email address for business purposes, not for getting the latest gossip with Aunt Flo.
This is a very small office. I am ALLOWED to get personal emails.
post #13 of 22
I am not sure I could keep a civil tongue ion my mouth.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Now I know I'm not alone. The pen thing irritates the heck out of me too!
post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by lunasmom
As intruding as it sounds, she does technically have a right.

If you are receiving personal emails through your company email then your boss and the IT staff can read it. Your company provides you with an email address for business purposes, not for getting the latest gossip with Aunt Flo. Reason is for security purposes. Being in IT I have seen a lot more viruses and such happen because of personal emails...mainly jokes.

Plus, many companies have a Computer Use Policy provided by the IT staff. Usually it will state in there that your email is for business only. By rights we do have access and will read email if we feel it is necessary. In some situations managers have asked for rights to their employees email accounts.

I do admit I have access to everyones email account at my company and will read what they have sent. I do it more or less for a safety precaution. You wouldn't BELIEVE some of the stuff I've seen people send...
As I recall in my computer ethics courses this is still illegal... Mail is mail, addressed to a single person, and those who open it are faced with the same offense as those that open snail mail. Maybe I'm wrong but thats what I recall from class.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
This is a very small office. I am ALLOWED to get personal emails.
I'm wasn't saying you're not allowed to. There isn't really any software out there right now that would prevent you from receiving personal emails. I was merely defining the purpose of a company email.

Ask your boss if she read your personal emails. It could just be something silly like she used the arrow keys to navigate through your email. Usually when you do this, it will mark your emails as "read" even if they weren't.

Otherwise, all I can say is the same thing I tell the small office I work in: If you don't want personal emails to be read at all, ask your friends to email you at a different address, one such as a yahoo or hotmail account...one that you can check through out the day.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
As I recall in my computer ethics courses this is still illegal... Mail is mail, addressed to a single person, and those who open it are faced with the same offense as those that open snail mail. Maybe I'm wrong but thats what I recall from class.
It could vary from state to state, maybe something to do with the "at will" employment. All I know is that the companies I have worked for in the last 7 years all have had this practise. It's always been because of high risk security reasons. The companies I work/ed for we wanted to make sure that certain employees were not sending out information regarding the company, weren't sending out mass amounts emails that were considered jokes, etc.
It isn't something I practise every day, only if the need to watch someone arises or if I suspect something, such as someone trying to send out SPAM.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lunasmom

Ask your boss if she read your personal emails. It could just be something silly like she used the arrow keys to navigate through your email. Usually when you do this, it will mark your emails as "read" even if they weren't.
My email has to be double clicked on to open, so I know it wasn't an accident. I'm not going to ask her for the reasons I stated above, but I know she did. There were several emails. Some were opened, some weren't. She was being selective. The funny thing is there were several that were business and she didn't open those.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lunasmom
Otherwise, all I can say is the same thing I tell the small office I work in: If you don't want personal emails to be read at all, ask your friends to email you at a different address, one such as a yahoo or hotmail account...one that you can check through out the day.
Thanks. I thought about doing that.
post #19 of 22
use a password, i know you can because i used to with my outlook.
post #20 of 22
I don't blame you for being upset.

Your work situation seems to be very similar to mine. I work in a very small office with a boss that is more than just a 'boss'. When we first got email here, she told us that we can use it for personal reasons as well as business and that she wouldn't read any of it. Actually, we don't even have any business reasons to use it. Anyway, my desk is shared by others on my day off and my email isn't passworded. Even though I trust her (and the other gal that might use my desk) I always keep in mind not to send anything that I wouldn't want anyone else reading. I know you can't control what's being sent to you, but I always keep in mind that others have access to it.

I do think it's very rude that she read it after calling to ask you and you said no.

As for pens... I like a very specific pen and I buy them out of my own pocket and it really gripes me when others take them.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Although it was a private email, it didn't contain anything confidential. It was private though. It was just the principle of it that bothered me. I can't remember the last time I got anything that would really matter if someone else read it.
post #22 of 22
Gosh!

That would definitely bother me on principle!!
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