Should I tell my boss our new employee is still looking for other jobs?
August 15, 2013 6:04 AM Subscribe
I work in an extremely understaffed department of a financial institution, and our newest employee (a woman I recommended) told me yesterday that she's continuing to "pursue other opportunities." Do I tell my boss?
posted by skycrashesdown to work & money (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My department, which was only created a year ago, currently has four employees and a boss. We've calculated that we need eight, at a bare minimum, to function, and ten ideally. Our boss has finally gotten the go-ahead to hire some people, and he's looking internally first because those people would already know the systems and our culture.
I recommended a friend of mine who works for another department and is utterly miserable there. Her skills and talents are totally wasted, and I knew she was starting to look elsewhere for opportunities. (She has been in the industry a long time, and people she knows who work at other companies will cold-call her to see if she's interested.) She had at least three solid leads outside the company, one of which she rejected because she couldn't agree on hours.
She seemed genuinely excited to come work in our department, as she likes our company, just not her current department/position. She told me yesterday that she would be calling my boss that afternoon to accept the position but that she was still continuing to "pursue other opportunities" (I suspect because aside from being understaffed, we're all notoriously underpaid.)
Do I tell my boss this? I recommended her highly, because I know she does good work. If she leaves in a month, it will be even more of a mess having to rehire someone. However, she may wind up staying, of course. When I asked her why she would bother changing jobs if she might be gone any time, she said she wanted to give her current boss the opportunity to fill her job sooner rather than later!!
Any thoughts? Thanks!