While dissolving your marriage to your current spouse, you have several tasks to mark off your checklist. Have you decided how to handle the divorce at your workplace?
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Speak with an HR representative
As soon as you can, sit down with an HR representative and share the news of your split. Your marital status dictates your taxes, and you may have a pension or retirement plan you need to change. Do you have health insurance through your employer that you share with your spouse? If so, decide whether you want your spouse to remain on your plan.
Let your boss in on the news
When relating the news of your divorce with your boss, you only have to let her or him know about the split, not the specifics of the divorce. Your boss needs to know whether you predict a shift in your work performance while emotionally and mentally adjusting to the life event. You may also need to shuffle your work schedule around to attend court dates and meetings with your legal advocate.
Decide if you need to change your career plans
Depending on how much you leaned on your spouse’s income, you may need to adjust the trajectory of your career. For instance, you may need to apply for a raise or ask about a promotion sooner, or you may need to get a better-paying job now that you only have a single income to live on. On the other hand, if you have shared kids to take care of, you may need to spend more time at home rather than traveling for business.
Keep the above insights in mind the next time you head into the office. You may not want to think about your divorce at work, but it may be better if you do.