Someone I had worked with was "no longer working here" one day, and I was not told why. As far as I know, nobody I work with was told. So, we are not to know.
There are, no doubt, defensible reasons for this, having to do with privacy laws and so on, but the other side is that people we work with tend to become something like friends, at least distant ones, and it is jarring to have no explanation at all.
Should there be some sort of explanation given to co-workers, or is it correct that it should just be stifled entirely? One possibility would be a selection from generic options like:
- they broke a company rule
- they pursued a personal goal elsewhere
- they had a personal life issue (health or something)
- Not Otherwise Specified
Answers and comments so far reinforce my absolute position that the workplace is not a safe environment for relationships. You can't have it both ways, people.