Informing people about your divorce can be uncomfortable, especially those who are not family members or friends. However, you may need to inform other parties, including your employer. Even though it may not be a requirement, it can be best for your boss to know about your divorce.
However, be careful about what you tell them. Here are three tips to apply:
1. Only cover job aspects
When talking to your boss about your divorce, you should stick to matters concerning your job. Let them know if you need to reduce your workload or have a flexible schedule to attend hearings/meetings and how you will catch up when the process ends. You may also need to change some details, for instance, updating your tax information if you used to file taxes jointly during the marriage.
It may not be the best option to inform them of the reason behind the divorce or how it affects your personal life, as this might make things awkward in the office.
2. Give them dates
If you have dates such as court dates and mediation sessions, consider providing your boss with them. This way, they can plan your schedule sooner, and in turn, prevent last-minute challenges.
3. Request confidentiality
While you might just assume your employer will not share the information you tell them, it won’t hurt to remind them that you would wish to keep the discussion confidential.
The above-discussed tips can help you have a smooth discussion. It will also help to get legal guidance to protect your interests in the divorce.