I was using my boss’s computer today, while mine was being fixed. She had left her paycheck on her desk, partially covered by some other papers, but with the amount end sticking out. I saw it – couldn’t help it. No big deal, and I would never repeat such information to anyone.
But when I mentioned to my SO that I had seen it, he said I should have put it in her desk drawer. Our office is quite secure, so I’m not concerned about anyone else going in there and taking it, and it’s not out in plain sight anyway, unless one is sitting at her desk. If I moved it, she would know that I saw it, and that would be awkward. So I just left it there, didn’t touch any of the papers on top of it, and I’m going to pretend like I never saw it.
If she realizes that I may have seen it and asks me, I intend to say, “I wasn’t poking around on your desk, just using your computer.” (And she’s fine with me using her computer, rummaging through her desk drawers for stuff, or even checking her e-mail while she’s gone. She’s given me all of her passwords, so no secrets.)
What should I have done? Put the check in a drawer, thus alerting her that I know now her salary? Or ignored it and pretended that I didn’t notice it?