In response to my last post, on how to announce that an employee is leaving, a bunch of commenters mentioned that their companies don't announce it at all. Instead, people just disappear -- leaving coworkers to wonder what happened: Did they quit? Were they fired? Have they been abducted?
And of course, this leaves huge unanswered logistical questions: Who do I go to with my questions about ___ now? What about that project I was working on with that person? Is the person being replaced or was the position eliminated? What's the timeline for replacement?
I have two questions for you guys:
1. First, does anyone want to defend this practice? I would love, love, love to hear a defense of it.
2. Have you ever worked anywhere that did this where it wasn't symptomatic of other cultural/management problems? Because I have to think it reflects a mindset that would cause loads of other issues as well.