Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beware the Information Seekers - They're Listening, Even When You Think They're Not

Ever feel like people in your office are out to get information?  Nothing that's life-changing.  Just information about what your attorneys are doing, which cases they're working on, how many hours they're billing, who is staffing their teams?

If you're a secretary, like me, then you've probably met them.  The Information Seekers.  They disguise themselves as friendly co-workers who just stop by to chit-chat.  However, they often give themselves away, like when they come up to you with a pen and pad (much like a reporter's notebook).  

That happened to me today.  I almost fell for it too.  The old, "I haven't talked to you in forever, how's it going?"  Followed by, "Hey, what is the name of that new case?"

But, old Della Street knows the deal.  That's when I clam up and play "silly secretary who can't keep the cases straight."

When they become irritated at your perceived incompetence and lack of knowledge about matters which are of no concern to them, that's when you know - you almost got played!

And remember, just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not following you.

Now, I'm telling you all this "confidentially" of course.