I've had this happen in a couple workplaces. Today was my first day at a new job. I left my letter of offer on my desk when I went to an orientation. In the orientation we were told everything marked "protected" can't be left in plain sight when we're not around (this means putting things in desk draws as opposed to leaving them on top of the desk, even though the draws don't have locks). I admit after the meeting I stopped off to speak with a few people (regarding work) instead of heading straight back to my desk.
Latter, when I was at my desk my manager came in and said "where's your letter of offer?". I couldn't find it where I thought I left it and began looking around. During the time he was badgering me and I eventually said "I can't seem to find it at the moment but I have a copy of it in my email I could print off". Then he showed me he put it in a drawer, to teach me not to leave it out.
- I was only just informed of the rule
- I learn just as well if someone reminds me verbally instead of hiding stuff
- I'm not comfortable with others handling my belongings without my knowledge
- I find this sort of behaviour immature and am not willing to work in such an environment.
What should I say? I know if someone yells at you when something goes wrong you can ask them not to, but should I mention it to my manager that he doesn't have to hide things to teach me a lesson?
This has only happened once with the manager, but it's been my experience it's better to address any potential issues before they become full blown problems.
How do I get the people I work with to not do something I don't like?
UPDATE: It turned out it was a one off thing and generally at the work place it's acceptable to leave documents and papers one the desk. I guess there may be an exception if it says "protected" on it, but generally people don't check another person's desk.