My coworker has been assigned a project for which he is completely unskilled. He is really smart and will eventually figure it out, but that could be inefficient and definitely mean the project goes over budget.
My manager told me in confidence that this will be the test project that results in his dismissal if/when he underperforms. He doesn't want my coworker to know, because he feels people need to be self-motivated and if they are not they will never perform well.
I disagree with my manager, people should clearly understand expectations and consequences of their performance.
I want to tell my coworker that he needs to do well on this project or he will lose his job. I think that this will light a fire under him to do well.
What is the best way to convey this to my coworker?
The project should take about two months to complete. I think if my coworker knows, he can put in the extra time and save his job by performing well.
Then hopefully he can get a new project matched to his skillset, or at least have another chance to demonstrate his value in full knowledge of the scrutiny he is under.