Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Office Eavesdropping

Mind what you say on the job because you never know who is listening...
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You'd never eavesdrop on your work colleagues on purpose. But those taupe-carpeted prefab cubicle walls just can't keep the latest rumor and intrigue from your ears. What happens when a made-up juicy tidbit is overheard and then runs amok? We decided to find out. Here are some uncensored rumor reactions from LHJ readers.

Do the office walls have ears?

  • "I had a phone conversation about how the boss was requiring all employees to put his picture on their desks. It was a joke, but soon the reactions flew: 'You've got to be kidding. They think I'm gonna put that ugly mug on my desk?' 'Okay, that's it. I'm outta here. I mean, it would be different if he were cute.' 'They'd better provide us with frames!'"
    Sue Ridgeway, communications specialist, Chamblee, Georgia
  • "I pretended to tell someone that in order to reduce our employee health-insurance costs, all employees would be required to lose 10 pounds by the end of the fiscal year. You wouldn't believe the comments I heard: 'Lose 10 pounds? I'll leave my work-stuffed briefcase at home.' 'If the boss wants to lose 10 ugly pounds, he should cut off his head!' 'I'd hate to see him in his workout clothes.'"
    Patty Jensen, marketing director, Long Beach, California
  • "I told my girlfriend on the phone that I read in a magazine that having an affair with a younger man is good for your health and wondered if I should try it. Some co-workers overheard me, and one said, 'It sure beats broccoli and running on a treadmill.' Another said, 'I volunteer!'"
    Susan Johnson, customer service representative, Dallas


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