Staff Get Told Off

PUBLISHED: 13:20 09 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 06 May 2010

ONE in 10 businesspeople have been reprimanded for discussing commercially-sensitive information in a public place, a new report reveals. A survey of 2,000 executives showed the most common places for overhearing confidential business conversations were r

ONE in 10 businesspeople have been reprimanded for discussing commercially-sensitive information in a public place, a new report reveals.

A survey of 2,000 executives showed the most common places for overhearing confidential business conversations were restaurants, airport lounges and hotel lobbies.

Just over half of those polled by east coast rail operator GNER said they had overheard a confidential conversation while working outside the office.

A handful of those questioned admitted they believed careless talk over the phone in public had resulted in lost business.

The most popular topics of confidential conversation included salaries and searches for a new job.

The report also found that two-thirds of businessmen and women use the internet and emails to keep in touch with their office while they are travelling.

GNER, which will complete the roll-out of WiFi services across its entire fleet in August, said there was a growing demand for wireless internet access.

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