How should you talk to your work colleagues about your divorce or separation?
The answer to this question depends on many factors, including whether or not you work with your spouse, your degree of closeness with your employees or boss, and your level of comfort discussing personal matters. At some point, you’ll likely to need to have critical conversations. Here are some rules to ensure that you feel comfortable and in control during the whole time.
1. Divulge only what you feel comfortable divulging.
There is no reason to go into ornate, intimate detail, particularly with people who don’t need (or, quite frankly, want) to know the details of your personal life.
2. Strive to keep your personal life and professional life separate.
This is easier said than done, particularly if you still work with your spouse or with friends or colleagues that you have in common.
3. Lighten your load during the divorce (and/or child custody negotiations).
Consider asking for lighter assignments during your case and/or getting help/support from work colleagues. Don’t be shy about asking for help during this challenging time.
4. Keep your personal and business finances in order.
Sometimes, when the world feels chaotic, even small attempts at organizing the mess can lead to feelings of renewed confidence and productivity. If your domestic life is in shambles, don’t feel bad or guilty for wanting to spend more time at work, if those activities give you pleasure and make you feel back in control.
If you haven’t already retained an attorney to help work through your California divorce, call the team at Dinnebier & Demmerle right now for a confidential consultation.