A divorce is a major life event and it would be unrealistic to think that
it will not have a ripple effect throughout your life, including your
professional life. If you are going through a divorce and are unsure of
how to handle it or address it at work, we have a few helpful tips for
you that can get you through it while maintaining your professional persona.
Here is a list of tips to help you stay professional and handle your divorce
in the workplace:
Tell your boss about it: It might seem unprofessional to talk to your boss about such a deeply
personal matter, but the fact is that your divorce will have an impact
on your job. At the very least, you can expect it to impact your schedule
since you will likely have to miss work or leave early to either attend
court or mediation sessions. When discussing your divorce with your boss,
do not get into the nitty-gritty details about why your marriage is coming
to an end, but rather focus on how they can expect it to impact your job
duties. Your boss might even extend a little extra understanding to you
during this time.
Try to maintain your privacy: Discretion is a big key in maintaining professionalism while you are going
through a divorce, so try not to go around and get confessional with all
of your co-workers. It is perfectly acceptable to let them know about
your relationship status, especially if you are also friends with some
of your co-workers, but it is generally not a good idea to dive into overly
personal conversations in the workplace, especially since talking about
such an emotional topic might distract you from your duties.
Hold off on replying to messages or answering divorce-related calls: Messages from your spouse should not be read or replied to until after
work. Otherwise, one little message can potentially derail your entire
day. You should also hold off on dealing with any divorce-related messages
from others as well, including your attorney (unless it is time-sensitive).
Let your attorney know that you would prefer to discuss your case when
you are not at work and provide appropriate times for these discussions.
Remain focused on the task at hand: You are at work to do a job, so do what you can to stay focused. Consider
taking a couple of breaks to clear your mind or go for a short walk in
the middle of the day to relieve some stress. Whatever works for you, do it!
Schedule a Case Review with a Compassionate Divorce Lawyer Today!
Are you considering a
divorce or already beginning the process? You need an experienced divorce attorney
to help guide you through it and ensure you start this new chapter in
your life in the best way possible. At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny,
our team has over three decades of legal experience, so you can trust
our ability to effectively represent you.
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