I work in a small office where it is common to overhear parts of conversations my coworkers are having in a meeting or over the phone.
Recently, I overheard my direct supervisor on a phone conversation with one of our suppliers. The supplier said they had heard that he (my supervisor) was retiring. I then heard my supervisor say that he was planning on retiring in a few weeks.
My supervisor has made no remark to me of his plans yet. My position is directly linked to his; I would describe it as Assistant/Junior in capacity while he is a Director/Senior Manager. I am concerned that once he retires my position may become obsolete or be replaced when a new manager is hired.
Given the potential short time frame for the retirement I would like to know where my fate with company overall lies, but I do not want to be known as an eavesdropper or come off as somehow dishonest.
What would be the best approach in this case? I see two major options; 1) Go to my supervisor with the information I overheard, be honest, and ask about any plans for my future, or 2) Wait for my supervisor to approach me with the news.
From a personal perspective, I am hurt that I had to overhear this information rather than my supervisor openly disclosing to me when the plans were first made.
I ended up going with Option 1. Everything has turned out fine. The reason I was not told about it is because he is only "retiring" for company status reasons and will continue working for another year. I was probably going to learn the information independently.