We are a small department of 8 people within university context, but very independent. Yesterday, shortly after my employee evaluation with my boss, our secretary stepped into my office and said: "I read your employee evaluation, well done."
I was perplexed and said something general like "it was okay" and switched topics. I started working in this department 12 months ago and she is very nice to me. In our team we have a good atmosphere and have after work parties often and I invited her and other colleagues to dinner at my home a while ago. But I don't think she is allowed to read employee evaluations as a secretary and I don't feel comfortable when she does.
How to politely tell her that I'm not okay with this? If she wants to continue I can't stop her. She has access to our dossiers. I don't want to endanger our good relationship and team atmosphere. Therefore discussing this with my boss doesn't seem to be an option. Besides, she is going through a divorce and maybe it's best to ignore it?