Is Your Boss Reading Your Email? – Slate Magazine

Several years ago, Daniel (his middle name) was working for a startup, for a boss who “didn’t seem to really know what he was doing and was much more interested in what other people thought of him and name-dropping and traveling around to meet with people than in actually focusing on the company.” Daniel and his colleagues often used instant messenger to communicate about projects and, occasionally, to gossip about their boss. “We were human, so sometimes it was about work and sometimes it would be like, ‘Ugh, can you believe what this person did?,’ ” said Daniel. After a couple of years, Daniel got a new job and gave notice. He didn’t think anything was amiss until the afternoon of his last day at the startup, when his boss asked him for a meeting:

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