Should I quit my job?
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|Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:11pm|
I've been at my job for the past almost four years. In the past year, they have let go of one person in marketing, and two other co-workers (two weeks apart) in sales. We started out as 17 people in the office, now we're down to 14.
Last week, I was talking to one of my co-workers "Arthur" (he's also in sales) and he's getting paranoid and worried about his situation. You see, one of the two co-workers who was let go was with the company for over 19 years "Alice". It was planned since last November; however, the head of Sales did not particularly care for Alice and the other co-worker "Jenny". Arthur has been telling me that he still speaks to Alice almost everyday (he's been here for 10 years) and another one of our co-workers in the Acct. Dept. "Lacey" had dinner with the 19-year worker and told her what's been going on financially in the company, that we're not doing too well finanically right now, and Alice has been reporting this back to Arthur, as well as our company may fold in another month to another year.
Arthur told me that he's now looking for another job and he suggested to me that I do the same; however, I'm in a very different situation than Arthur. Arthur is the only one bringing in a steady income to his family (his wife is a homemaker and they have an 8 yr old child), plus a mortgage and bills galore to pay for. I myself am single, in my early 40s, and I don't have any children. Yes, I have to make rent and pay for my other bills; however, that's all a part of life. I've worked two other places and I understand what downsizing is all about; however, was it fair that Arthur had to come towards me with all of this bad and negative gossip?
I told Arthur that whatever conversations he has with Alice, to keep it to himself because if word gets out he's been gossiping, he'll be in serious trouble. I've been down about it and I can't really turn to anyone and talk about this. I told Arthur that I thought he was way above gossiping and that why should he be talking to Alice, she's bitter as it is right now - does he have to add fuel to the fire?
As well, I'm confused b/c I don't know if I should quit my job, hang on until they lay me off - say something to my superiors that Arthur has been gossiping? I'm not sure what to do. Thank you.