In my current workplace... not so much. The cattle don't really mind if I gossip about them, lol. However, when I was a Finance and Insurance Specialist for an Arctic Cat Dealership, it was of the utmost importance. It was necessary to know a customer's financial status and credit rating in order to assist them in obtaining lines of credit for their purchases. Prior to that in my careers as a Pharmacy Technician, Customer Service and Logistics Technician for a Ford Q1 Parts Supplier, and 4-H Program Assistant for Michigan State University, I was trusted with information of a highly confidential nature. Breach of confidentiality was not only a moral issue, it was grounds for dismissal. I always took it extremely seriously, with the thought always in the forefront of my mind of how I would feel if my information was bandied about like the latest tabloid headlines.
I see answers that say "not important" That's interesting.. I guess if you come to my insurance office I can just give out your soc sec #, drivers license, D.O.B. credit card information etc.. Sounds crazy to not have it now ? Yes it sure does.. But take PHD in food science at Tropicana that releases formulas there working on to innovate new products. How many millions is that worth to a company to keep private? Some answers make me shake my head and say to myself.."" really??""