WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO TELL THE OFFICE YOU’RE PREGNANT?
As an employee, knowing the right time to let your boss and work colleagues know that you are having a baby can be a bit tricky (albeit a very exciting time). As a Manager giving advice to your employee about their announcement can be one that takes some planning too, so that you ensure everyone impacted within the workplace is suitably notified and the impact is lessened. There are so many factors to consider:
The conditions of your job – depending on how long you have been working somewhere, what type of employment you have and if there is a maternity leave policy when to announce the pregnancy can have a large impact. There are financial and career impacts both personally and professionally, or perhaps you have a very specialised role that may take months to recruit a replacement for while you are on leave, or permanently.
The emotional impact of your announcement – maybe you share a job, or work very closely with another person, or have a colleague than has been trying for IVF for years. Many people have strong reactions to the news of a baby. It can pay to carefully consider how your announcement may affect your colleagues so you can plan accordingly. It is also important to make sure you know your rights when it comes to entitlements and working conditions for the impact of your announcement.
The practicality of your timing – for many a pregnancy can be obvious and trying to keep it under wraps can be tricky once you have a belly or have morning sickness causing you to run to the bathroom regularly. In this case it can help to have some support around. It is probably better they know early on in this case so you can be supported, rather than your colleagues thinking you are hungover or carrying a virus!
How long you are planning to take off work – the length of time you wish to take off work for a pregnancy can vary greatly. Most take 6 months, but many take years off before returning to the workplace, while some are back within 6 weeks. If you have a partner, you will need to also consider their plans. You will need to contemplate the impact of your decisions on your personal and professional life and plan to suit these requirements. It also pays to leave some flexibility in your plan, as you may be surprised how many women change their mind about returning to work or planning to stay at home!
So, when is the right time to make the big announcement? Ultimately there is no one size fits all answer to this question as every individual’s situation is unique. Make sure you weigh up the pros and cons of each for you and your team and don’t rush into the decision. Having a good plan in place is the best way to minimise any impact of the announcement.
Looking for a replacement for a maternity leave contract or advice about how to handle the situation? Contact SB Recruitment for a confidential chat today.