Once you decide in favor of divorce, you’ll have questions and concerns about breaking the news to your family, friends and co-workers. While it’s often easy to confide in your loved ones, the same doesn’t always hold true at work.
Before we go any further, remember this: You’re under no obligation to tell your co-workers about your personal affairs.
However, since your divorce may affect your work in many ways, it may be something you want to discuss. Here are some tips for doing so as effectively as possible:
- Know what you want to say: A basic script will give you a clear idea of how to tell your co-workers about your divorce. Even if it’s only a couple of sentences, it’ll help break the ice.
- Think about how you’ll share news of your divorce: Will you individually tell your co-workers in a face-to-face environment? Will you send an email to the people you’re closest with? Will you send a group text message? You have many options, so consider what makes the most sense for your situation.
- Don’t ask for anything in return: Most people are supportive by nature, so this will put your mind at ease during this difficult time. There may come a point when you have to ask for something in return, such as time away to tend to the divorce process, but you don’t need to do this upfront.
It’s important to do whatever you can to make yourself as comfortable as possible during the divorce process. This allows you to turn your attention to protecting your legal rights.