I work in a technology department at a bank which requires us to be available after hours if anything comes up that could affect the business systems and affect our customers. Of course, there is always a person in turn for each week so a call is less likely to happen after work if it's somebody else's turn. For this reason, we all get a work phone when we are hired.
I’m the type of employee who likes to keep my personal phone for personal uses only but then some coworkers have a culture of just carrying one phone and they think it's ok to just use the personal phone numbers for contacting others instead of just calling their business phone the company provides. Some of them also gave out my personal phone number to people I don't get along with, without my permission.
I was able to talk about this with my boss and he is respecting my personal space. He just calls my business phone for work matters. But I have trouble with some people to whom my personal number was given and some of my friends. Although I threatened to block whoever disrespected my personal space, some of them still do it and in my country's culture, it's not friendly to do that.
So in an attempt to fix this, I’m considering these options:
- Get a new private phone and keep it a secret to friends (outside work) and family.
- Keep my former personal phone as a public one and set it up on the business phone (double sim).
The benefit is I could give out my former personal number for freelance jobs and for future employers then keep my new number private.
Block whoever violates my personal space. This makes me feel bad sometimes because I feel terrible for blocking friends and sometimes I have to unblock them back for talking about personal stuff. Not to mention one of those friends passed away last week.
What would be the most professionally friendly approach that also solves my personal space limit issue?