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Dealing with Department Rumors

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Q. At a conference last week I ran into an old friend who works for a competitor. She told me she heard my boss may jump ship to her company in a few months. The only reason I stay here is because I like my boss so much. Should I tell my boss what I know and see how he reacts?

A. No. There’s a better way to gauge his plans. Tell your boss that you really enjoy working for him, but if he ever left you would be less inclined to stay. Then let him respond. Whatever he says, don’t reveal what you heard. Passing along that kind of rumor puts your boss in an uncomfortable position, may harm your friend and won’t help you decide what to do.

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