“Check your problems at the door.” It’s a mantra some workplace environments live by. However, it’s easier said than done.
It’s easy for problems in our personal lives to bleed into our professional lives. The trauma of going through a divorce isn’t something you can just turn off like a light switch. From the court proceedings to deciding a parenting schedule, it can be a lot to juggle on top of your job duties.
The Effects of Divorce on Work Performance
A 2014 study found office productivity takes a huge hit before, during, and after a divorce. More than 70% of employees may be working at reduced productivity levels due to their own divorce or a co-worker’s divorce.
A divorce isn’t a fireable offense but your response to it during work hours could stunt your professional growth. A stress-induced snappy response to a colleague or your boss, a loud argument on the phone with your ex or missing important meetings or deadlines could lead to disciplinary action.
The doubling of stress from the personal and professional drama causes many to resign from their jobs. Or, you may believe that quitting is a way to reduce alimony or child support payments. This is not a good idea. Even if you were planning to leave your job, wait until after the divorce is final.
How to Deal with Divorce at Work
While many people choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate, this is a time in which they will blur.
- Tell your supervisor that you are going through a divorce and will have to temporarily be out of the office more than usual, but you are still committed to the job and getting your work done.
- Only tell your inner circle at work that you are divorcing to cut down on office gossip.
- Initiate or get involved in group projects so you’re not working alone and becoming distracted by the divorce.
- Don’t read divorce-related emails or have divorce-related calls during the day, unless it is absolutely necessary to speak with your attorney.
- Don’t disrupt the workplace by having a heated phone conversation with your ex.
- Don’t quit your job!
- If you feel overwhelmed, take a walk and get some fresh air.
- If you’re interviewing for a job, do not bring up your divorce.
During a consultation, an experienced attorney can help you determine the best course of action and alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about the divorce proceedings.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, our attorneys are dedicated to reaching the best possible outcome for our clients. Family law attorney Trinity Hundredmark has a decade of experience representing clients divorcing in Georgia. For more information, contact our law office at 1-770-822-0900.