If you know someone is going to be fired - do you tell?

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EMT-newbie

EMT-newbie

74 Posts

If someone has to be this sneaky, that says what they are doing is probably wrong.
Oh my god, yes! Thank you for that observation!

This long term pattern of behavior and apparent denial of responsibility is sometimes associated with clinical depression which is why I used the specific "intervention" word. You are very right about them needing a wake-up call, it's just that a casual friend or lay person can help with so I think we're all in agreement.

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MomRN0913

MomRN0913

Specializes in ICU. 1,131 Posts

It's in management and HR's job description, not yours.

netglow, ASN, RN

4,412 Posts

But you do know those sweet but oh so stupid folks that you can't help but feel sorry for. Nothing you can do to help but give 'em a heads up to start looking. But, having said that, those sweet people are so darn stooopid that they are likely to walk up to a manager and say, "Netglow told me that I'm getting fired. I thought everybody liked me?" :rolleyes:

Jmiami

Jmiami

134 Posts

I'd stay out of it.

xtxrn

xtxrn, ASN, RN

4,266 Posts

If you were management and a position had to be cut, and you KNEW that someone had told a past 'let go' employee know what was up before hand, who do you think is next on the chopping block?

Back away from someone else's business. It won't end well - at best, you lose a friend; at worst, you become "Management Enemy #1"...

Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU. 1,085 Posts

From what you wrote, I wouldn't say that you "know" anything. Therefore I wouldn't say anything.

Actually, I wouldn't say anything at all, unless it was to try and coach him on how to be a better employee.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

When my facility downsized, two licensed nurses were the first to go, one of them being me. I was on one of my days off when I received a call from a coworker who told me. She was the other nurse. I don't know how she got my phone number because I always kept that to myself. I was floored. When I came in off my days off and saw the note on my timecard to see the DON, I had already spent two days running around like a madwoman looking for a non-available job. I appreciated being told. She could have kept the info to herself and had two days on me in the job search, but she was nice enough to tell me. Of course, if this happened again, I would not hesitate to inform a coworker. It is the right thing to do as I see it.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

But to make things clear, I would not spread a rumor. I would have to know the situation to be a fact.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience. 67 Articles; 14,008 Posts

mind your own business. there may be things going on that you're unaware of. even if there weren't, you cannot fix "woe is me," and believe me you don't want to become his new best buddy. it can drain the life right out of you.

AZ_LPN_8_26_13

AZ_LPN_8_26_13

461 Posts

I myself would tend to stay out of it. You probably don't know the whole situation. Who knows - maybe his "vacation" is his chance to look for and interview for other jobs. Maybe he will come back and give notice. You really don't know. If he really is going down you don't want to misguidedly throw him a supposed lifelife only to be drug down yourself.

kayak133

kayak133

Specializes in on the fence about nursing. 46 Posts

Putting it to you this way: don't get involved if you can. Usually a person can pick up the vibe and know they are going to get fired.