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Should You Tell Your Employer About Your Divorce?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Divorce

One of the reasons why divorce can be stressful is that you have to tell others. The primary people are your children and other family members and friends.

However, this may not be the end. You may also need to tell your employer. This guide discusses why you should do this:

Prepare them for what to expect

Divorce is an emotional process, which means it can affect your work significantly. Further, you may need to attend meetings or hearings during work hours. Thus, telling your boss you are getting a divorce prepares them for what to expect, and in turn, they can respond accordingly. 

For instance, they may allow you to have a flexible schedule during this time. In addition, they can give you some time off to attend therapy and spend more time with your loved ones, helping you heal before returning to work.

Going through a divorce without your employer knowing can be stressful. You may have burnout handling the process and simultaneously trying to attain your usual work performance.

Build trust

Your boss may eventually know you are going through a divorce. Therefore, it will help if they learn about it from you while you are in the process, as this can help you build trust with them. 

Of course, you don’t need to share personal issues to achieve this. Your boss can trust you through work-related matters. But it’s crucial to trust your employer enough to share with them your divorce news.

Telling your employer about your divorce is beneficial. They don’t need to know about the details – notifying them of the process is enough. While doing this, you should obtain more information about your divorce to make informed decisions.