Divorce is a very personal, emotional experience, and you may not feel
much like talking about it with anyone. Although you are not obligated
to inform your boss of this life-altering decision, it is still in your
best interest that you divulge this information. Keep in mind that your
divorce will likely cause a bit of disruption in your life and you may
have to miss some time to attend court or mediation sessions, depending
on the path you choose to end your marriage. If your boss is aware of
what you are going through, you may receive some accommodations that can
make your professional life easier.
That said, it is natural to have some concerns about professionalism when
having this conversation, so we compiled some tips that will assist you.
Discussing Your Divorce with Your Boss
When you bring up the topic of your divorce with your boss, the key to
keeping this conversation professional is to avoid being confessional.
Your boss does not need to know what led to your divorce or any of the
details of your spouse’s behavior. No matter how friendly you are
with your boss, you should do your best to focus on how your divorce may
potentially affect your job. If you are aware of any future court dates
or mediation sessions, provide this information. If you think you will
have to lighten your workload or reduce your obligations, be honest. The
more your boss knows what to expect from you, the smoother things will go.
That said, although it is fair to expect a little bit of understanding
from your employer, you should not use your divorce as an excuse for failing
to perform at work. There will still be consequences for not doing your
job, so keep up with your duties, and do what you can to remain focused
and alert at work.
Although it is wise to tell your boss about your divorce, you should consider
keeping this information from your co-workers. Otherwise, they may regularly
ask you about it. No matter how well-meaning their questions about your
divorce may be, bringing up this sensitive topic at work will likely distract
you from the task at hand.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!
If you are getting a
divorce, you should consider informing your boss without diving into the personal
details. At The King Law Firm, our family law team has the experience
and knowledge to guide you through the process of your divorce to help
lighten your load during this difficult time. You can rely on us to help
you achieve the best possible results, so you can embark on a brighter,
Call our law office today at (347) 343-5467 to set up a free initial case evaluation with
a member of our team.