We have a meeting in our department every week on Zoom. Meeting attendees are my boss, three colleagues and myself. In last week's meeting, everything seemed normal. We went through the agenda, everyone contributed, we talked about plans for the following week. The meeting ended.
Less than a half hour after this meeting, I received a text message from my boss calling an emergency meeting. This was very strange, since we had just met, but I dutifully went back to the meeting room. Here, my boss told us that one of our department, and one of the five attendees of the previous meeting, "does not work for us any more." I was also told that I will need to undertake some extra responsibilities, as the staff member who was gone was responsible for some staff who are now my responsibility. That was all the information we received.
Now I'm confused and distracted. How can we have a meeting like everything is normal and then this happens? I don't know if he quit, was laid off or fired, but all of these things seem strange given our current wfh circumstances and the uneventful end of our previous meeting.
So my question is- how much can I ask my boss about this? She said she would take care of telling this colleague's staff about it, but she hasn't yet (I know this because I asked to be copied into the email.) I am worried about getting questions from these staff members that I don't have the resources to answer, and I am worried about the status of my own position.