My manager read out loud to everyone in the office an email that a past employee wrote to her and the supervisor. It was so uncomfortable and I feel like she will do the same to anyone else that leaves. I believe this is wrong. But I'm not sure it's just my opinion. Do you think that was wrong?
closed as primarily opinion-based by Wesley Long, jmac, CMW, Hugo Rocha, CincinnatiProgrammer Jan 8 '14 at 12:49
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Depending on what was in the email, it may or may not have been ethical. However, it was certainly inconsiderate, both to you (and the other current employees) and to the ex-employee. There was a presumption of privacy in that communication that was violated.
For anyone planning to separate from this manager, whether within the company or to a new employer, it's probably better to route all feedback through HR. What it sounds like (although you aren't saying) is that the ex-employee unloaded on his/her immediate supervisors. The manager might be doing this to point out that the ex-employee had grossly unrealistic expectations. The overall effect is to muffle feedback - no one is going to be forthcoming with someone that doesn't keep private matters private. This manager may find she is being bypassed when it's time for promotions.