Should I Tell Him He's Going To Be Fired?
My life has turned into a sitcom, or maybe an hour long drama.
I work in a small department at my company. My boss, P, and I have been friends for years. She was at my level when I was hired and was recently promoted to lead our team. I am the next most senior person in our group.
S came on board a couple of years ago. He's a good worker and fits in well, but he's also the newest addition to our team.
P has been told she has to let S go. She's really upset about it, so she told me. It's just an issue of downsizing and last one in, first one out. She is planning on telling him next week after HR puts together a severence package. She didn't tell me not to tell S, but I'm pretty sure she thinks it's understood it was said in confidence since I am her subordinate and S's equal.
I think S senses something's going on. He said something to me about how he's been checking job boards "just in case" and he keeps bringing up downsizing and expressing concern he'd be on the chopping block. It seems like he knows, but I know he doesn't know for sure. It just seems cruel to keep him dangling when he should be getting a jump on a tough job market.
Should I tell him if he brings up his worries to me again?