Asking for a friend, of course.
I have a co-worker who, as a result of an unforeseen merger, has been struggling with a new role that she was forced into. It is not the original role she was hired on for a year ago, and despite doing well for the past year, the new bosses do not think she qualified for more important tasks.
As a result, she's gone really out of her way to find a better position for her in the company, specifically within another department. She's also had several conflicts with her new boss during the merging process. Despite her attempts to accept her new role and do well, she's struggled and has been placed on a 30 day performance probation that could result in her being let go if she doesn't not meeting excessive performance goals.
I think that if she was not accepted into another department, she has every right to look for a new job, particularly because it seems like her current manager isn't her biggest fan. But she's really hesitant about mentioning looking for a new job at work or around anyone but close friends. She needs the job for as long as she can for the income, of course.
Is it unreasonable for her to be actively looking for a job during this probation period? She's unhappy with her workload, her immediate boss and coworkers, and feels as though she no longer has opportunities to advance in this company. I believe that if they've gone as far as to write her up and force her to sign a probation contract, they've all but fired her already. Am I just being pessimistic?
Obviously, she's going to do what she thinks is best for her, but I've thought a lot about her situation and am curious about other perspectives.