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What if the head of HR indiscreetly mentions which married colleague is dating your boss.

Asked by whattodo2 (91points) July 7th, 2008

What do you do/say/not say, and to whom?

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playthebanjo's avatar

Sounds like you need a new head of HR. Don’t say anything. Stay as far away from it as you possibly can.

osullivanbr's avatar

Nothing. You never heard it. You know nothing about it. Out of your mind with it. I know this is easier said than done, but getting involved with this is more than your job is worth.

Very unfair of the head of HR (of all things) to put you in this position.

scamp's avatar

osullivanbr nailed this one. It’s best for you to stay out of office politics/ gossip as much as possible. Repeating what you heard can do you no good whatsoever. Mum’s the word!

cheebdragon's avatar

Tell them “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth”

scamp's avatar

@cheebdragon That’s excellent!

marinelife's avatar

Definitely don’t spread it around. Think of it as not your business.

baseballnut's avatar

Mute you come and mute you go! Just because he/she was indiscreet doesn’t give you any reason to compound the error.

stratman37's avatar

besides the office politics involved, anyone who’ll betray another person’s secret, will betray YOURS.

asmonet's avatar

I know it’s late but, you should hae another option presented other than BE VERY QUIET. Most companies have a dicreet way to report serious ethics and fraud violations that do not have to go through her. If you have an employee handbook, look through it a number or contact should be listed.

cheebdragon's avatar

Being the office snitch probably won’t get you very far in life.

asmonet's avatar

And the HR director being a bitch to potentially innocent coworkers, will?

cheebdragon's avatar

Where did it say the person was being a bitch?

asmonet's avatar

Talking about someone’s personal life behind their back without any discretion, is acting like a bitch. :)

cheebdragon's avatar

Only if it was said in a malicious way ; )

asmonet's avatar

Fine, she is potentially an accidental bitch.
Still, it’s a shitty, thoughtless, unkind thing to say. Seems bitchy to me.

lrk's avatar

This might not be an ethics violation, just entirely inappropriate.

I’m with the first couple of responders. Don’t get involved.

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