Post # 1
If you knew (or where 95% sure) that a family member (let’s say an uncle) was going to loose their job would you tell them? Or what would you do?
Something crossed my desk today that I’m not sure how to handle and it involves this very situation…
Post # 3
No. I wouldn’t say a word. If it didn’t happen, you’d have caused that person and their family unnecessary worry/stress/etc. And, unless it’s your job to fire that person, don’t say a word. If word got out that you informed your “uncle” of this, it could end with you losing your job!
Post # 4
crossed my desk today
in my role at work there is alot of sensitive information i can not discuss – if its work related my answer is no, you cannot say anything because you have to maintain a level of trust and confidentiality required by your employer
Post # 5
Would I want to? yes, definitely.
Would I? NOPE
Post # 6
Oh man…that’s tricky. I’m in the HR game (are you?) and I would immediately talk to your supervisor about this conflict of interest. You shouldn’t have been put in this position in the first place. I’m sorry this has happened…you must feel awful.
I honestly think that you can say nothing to your relative (which sucks, I know). If the company finds out you’ve said anything you could be in a lot of trouble. What I WOULD do is to possibly have a conversation with your relative that is sort of a “we’re in uncertain times”….maybe offer resume help but in a really general sort of way.
Man…I hope that sort of helps….it not an easy situation. 🙁
Post # 7
@MrsPinkPeony: I wouldn’t say anything if I were you. It could very well end up in you being reprimanded, or worse, fired yourself. It sucks to know potentially life altering information and not be able to share it, but if that comes along with the position you have to follow the rules.
Post # 8
ugh yeah this is tough. But if something changed and they didn’t loose their job and you had already told them that would be horrible. Plus .. in the heat of the moment you don’t know if they know .. will they something to HR about what you’ve told them. I’d stay out of it, which stinks.
Post # 9
I constantly see very confidential/sensitive info that I usually brush off, I’m an admin so I see everything, most of the time my boss doesn’t even realize what I know. I know job-wise its not a good idea to say anything and that I shouldn’t, but family-wise I feel like I should mention to him what I saw and give him some additional time to think about what he could do. I just wish I hadn’t seen it…
Post # 10
I don’t think I would say anything. It depends a lot on your industry and your profession, but in a lot of cases you could really get in trouble, too!
Post # 11
I don’t think that you should. You might be causing yourselves problems down the line, since you might not be allowed to discuss things that you hear at work.
Post # 12
@MrsPinkPeony: That’s totally understandable and I understand the conflict between family (or friends) and confidential necessities at work. I’ve had access to personnel information about friends, including salary and the REAL reason that they were laid off. Especially if you think it can help, it can be really difficult to keep your mouth shut, but you have to.
Does your boss know that you are related to this person? I think that she/he is putting you in a rough position.