Even if you initiated your divorce, you are probably having a difficult time coping with the end of your marriage. After all, no one gets married with the idea of having to part ways in the future. Unfortunately, for many, this is a reality. While you might know how to handle the topic of your divorce when informing your friends and family about it, the path forward might be less clear when it comes to dealing with it at work. Should you tell your co-workers or your boss about it? It is likely you might seem more down than usual and someone might mention it, so how can you keep things professional while mentioning that you are going through some personal problems?
Here are some tips on how you can professionally handle your divorce at work:
- Telling your co-workers: The nature of your relationship with your co-workers will likely dictate if and how much you choose to tell them about your divorce. Not all of your co-workers should know about your divorce since it is, of course, deeply personal information. If you have co-workers who are also your friends, you might want to tell them a little bit about what you are going through, but always be careful about giving away major details.
- Telling your boss: When it comes to telling your boss about your divorce, only do so in the context of how it might affect your schedule or job duties. You might have to miss work or leave early to attend mediation sessions or court dates, so keep the focus on these details and avoid getting confessional or discussing any of the reasons for your divorce.
- Go to human resources: You will also have to update certain forms, depending on the benefits your job offers. Your tax forms, health insurance information, and retirement plan will all have to be updated as a result of your divorce to reflect your new marital status.
- Getting the job done: At the end of the day, you need to do your job and this might be easier said than done when you are in the midst of a very emotional process. Stay focused on the tasks at hand and keep busy. On weekends or after work, find time to engage in some self-care and consider finding a therapist to work through any issues that might be weighing on you. At work, use your breaks to go on walks, get a breath of fresh air, or to do a little something that can quickly boost your mood. This is a tough time, but you can get through it.
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