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Q I met friends for lunch and mentioned I was scared of getting laid off. Somehow my boss found out what I said and angrily told me I shouldn’t be “spreading rumors” of layoffs. Did I do anything wrong?

A Yes. You had lunch with “friends” who blab. Use more discretion when you raise sensitive issues such as potential layoffs. Make sure you either can speak confidentially or won’t mind if your boss hears about it.

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