Personal space is something that’s individual and unique to all of us. I’ve been thinking about the concept of personal space awareness in the workplace, especially in the library–a public space–where people come around you, often in close proximity.
In my training programs, I often talk about your ability to have the assertiveness necessary, male or female, to say to somebody, “I need a little bit more room,” and to actually put your hand up and back away, demonstrating that either intentionally or unintenionally, they have violated your space. This is something you should not apologize for, and this should be something that is accepted as appropriate.
Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 25+ states, live and online, in service, safety, and security. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. His new book, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield.
In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities.
Steve holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.
He has written 25 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with six dogs and two cats.
His professional webite is at http://drstevealbrecht.com.