There might be confusion in your office about what constitutes “confidential.” Does that apply to my friends and family? Professional colleagues? My co-workers? Is there anything in the normal course of business that’s considered “confidential” even if it doesn’t have a big red stamp on it? One can never assume employees know what’s confidential since social media has created a “share everything” mentality along with our culture’s move toward increased openness in all things.

Using this clip from the period piece “Hidden Figures,” depicting an employee gathering confidential/classified information by holding redacted documents up to the light, should launch a productive discussion about all of the areas and nuances of confidentiality in your office.


How does our company determine whether something is confidential?

What types of information, documents, communication, etc. do we consider confidential?

If someone divulges confidential information, what are the possible negative consequences for the company? For the employee?

Do you think our employees do a good job of protecting confidential information? Why or why not?

What can you personally do to protect any confidential information you handle in the future?




Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter and speaker, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. His new ebook “How to Teach Ethics and Compliance with Hollywood Movie Clips” is available for free download.

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