Suri Says

Should You Socialize with Fired Co-Workers?

Dear Suri, There have been some changes recently at my workplace. My boss was recently let go, which, of course, has the rest of us on edge as to if or when we will be given the boot, as well.

One of my coworkers has decided to schedule a lunch with our former boss. I am not sure if I will participate.

I liked her, as a manager and a friend, but I’m afraid that the meeting might get back to my current supervisor (who happens to be her old boss — the one that fired her), and it might create an issue. What do you think I should do? – Emily M.

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Dear Emily, It is a difficult time for working professionals, to be sure! The days of logging 30 years of service with one company and retiring with full benefits appear, sadly, to be over. There are, however, several business relationship tenets that have withstood the test of time. One of these is networking.

The choice of whether or not to attend the planned luncheon is yours to make, and yours alone. But consider the potential networking opportunities you will miss — both with your former employer and your current co-workers, alike — should you choose to ‘sit this one out.’

We, none of us, know what the future holds. Unfortunately, this has proven doubly true in the working world. Through it all, however, we still have control over our own integrity and true, personal convictions.

I am confident you will come to the decision that is best for you. ~Suri

Suri Says™
by Suri Syrtauwnya
Advice Editor
Residential Life Magazine

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