My work situation is such that there's an extreme lack of privacy. There's almost no offices with doors in the building, my direct report sits in the same large room with everyone on my team. There's a single meeting room in the building, which of course could be required by someone else at any time -- there's no posted schedule for using the room. So having a private conversation with my boss is rather difficult. Because coworkers are sitting right by his desk too, if I ask for a private conversation in the conference room, they'll know that there's something private I want to discuss, which honestly makes me a bit uncomfortable.
Also, the employees are spread between two buildings in the same complex, which means that going off the clock, and stepping outside to take a private phonecall that has to be done during work hours may not be private either, as other employees are frequently outside going between the buildings, or walking their dogs for that matter, since many of the employees bring their dogs to work. I know some deal with this by going off the clock, then going in their car to take private phonecalls, but I do not drive to work.
I understand that under normal circumstances, you shouldn't really expect work to be private, but of course there's situations like the ones I've described where you need to have private work conversations, or you cannot possibly take personal private phonecalls at any time other than during work hours (but of course going off the clock for it). How do you deal with lack of privacy in these situations?