Emphasize the crucial role she's played in the daily operation of the firm, and even suggest that by letting everyone know sooner, her standing with the firm will only improve. Encourage her to give notice earlier than she'd planned and to help with the search for and training of a new hire. Be clear with yourself and with her about your position and why you stand where you do. This will temper any disruption caused by her departure; plus, your colleagues will see her actions as those of a thoughtful and caring employee who appreciates the job she's had and who wants to ensure a smooth hand off.
This plan could backfire, of course. She came to you because she thought you were her cool friend on the inside, and she could view this as a betrayal. So you risk losing her as a pal. But if she sours when you say you're going to alert the firm, just remember: She's swell, but she's not the one who signs your paycheck.
- See Giving Notice for more information.
Summary: A secretary at your small firm, with whom you're friendly, confides that she has found a new job in another field. Should you tell anyone?