Manhattan Mediation Lawyer Discusses Breaking the News of Divorce at Work
So you have come to the realization that divorce is the only option and staying with your spouse is not a viable option.
With divorce, comes the responsibility of breaking the news to your friends, family, and even your boss or colleagues. As difficult as it is to break the news to your children for the first time, it is just as difficult to break the news to your boss.
At work, you may wonder if it is better to keep your divorce quiet until it is final or is it better to disclose what you are going through at the time?
Some Advantages of Telling Your Boss You Are Going Through a Divorce
Divorce is a very personal issue but there are some advantages to telling your boss and perhaps even some co-workers about your situation.
Divorce may require you to take time off from work or go to appointments during business hours with your divorce mediator or attorney; your boss may be more understanding of your sudden work schedule requests if he/she knows what you are dealing with in your personal life.
You may also want to consider disclosing your divorce to your human resources department as you may be eligible for some extended health benefits such as therapy. In addition, you may have to soon change your tax exemption status in which case you would have to disclose the information sooner or later.
It is best to keep the details of your divorce private at work and maintain a professional attitude. There are colleagues at work that may try to pry into personal details, but it is important to remember that this is professional environment and it is best to keep your personal life – personal. When it makes sense to disclose the information to those that you directly report to it is advisable to do so but keep the conversation to the point.
Consult a Divorce Mediation Attorney on How to Break the News to Your Boss
Contact the Sabra Law Group today to speak to a Manhattan mediation lawyer who can guide you on dealing with divorce in the workplace at (646) 472-7971. Divorce mediation can also help you and your spouse resolve difficult issues that arise during a divorce without the expensive cost of litigation.