The candy admonishment got me wondering... what are your HR people like?
At my last job, the HR functions were split between an executive secretary and the accountant (neither were in management positions, nor were they union - they were 'tweeners). I found that confidentiality was non-existent, both in personnel and personal matters. Insurance claim summaries and other confidential issues would routinely be left on fax machines etc. for wandering eyes. Very unprofessional. It resulted in a great culture of non-communication and mistrust.
At my current job, its exactly the opposite. There are deeicated professionals in the field, in management roles. I feel that confidential matters stay that way (example: we have 'Paid Time Off' instead of sick day and vacation day systems. If you call in for a day, no reason is needed, and unless you make a point of telling your coworkers that you're sick or you are taking a hookey day, the boss isnt going to say whether you're ill or vacationing). They go through great lengths to protect information from unecessary disclosure, yet they keep an open door policy.
So, what are your experiences with HR types?