At least a half dozen times so far this year, email has gone around the office announcing that (for example) so-and-so’s grandmother passed away.
Two weeks ago the office bellringer announced that a coworker’s sister had been murderd (a shooting victim), leaving many people in the office feeling very creeped-out.
This morning’s email brings tabloid-flavored news of a coworker’s miscarriage.
This is classic dirty laundry, IMHO. Those people who are very close to expecting mother should have already known, or will know soon enough via personal channels. The office is not the place to broadcast your extremely personal life events. What is worse, I suspect that these public announcements were made without the knowledge of the affected individual. The reason I suspect this is that I just can’t imagine anybody calling up their supervisor and saying “could you please let everybody in the organization know that I had a miscarriage?”
Some things are better left on the grapevine.