“I’m pregnant.” These two words bring a mix of emotions for all those involved. For young working women trying to establish their professional careers, telling your boss you’re pregnant may cause stress and anxiety as you ponder what to say and how it will affect your work. To help women stuck in this predicament, Forbes gives tips on when and what to tell your boss.
The first tip is timing. While you don’t need to tell your boss as soon as you take the test, Forbes recommends that you tell your boss and your team as soon as you start showing. They’ll begin to start suspecting anyway, so it’s good to share the news before things get uncomfortable. The sooner everyone knows, the more efficiently everyone will be able to prepare for your impending maternity leave.
Next, never apologize. This is a happy occasion— nothing to feel ashamed or sad about. Breaking the news won’t be easy, but when you show confidence and happiness in the situation, you are sure to receive support.
Make sure that everything is in order by the time you are ready to leave. Everyone will be much happier as long as your assigned tasks are accomplished on time. Pregnancy isn’t a sudden illness, death in the family or some other disaster. You have had several months to apportion your tasks to others and make sure all projects are covered during your time off.
Lastly, clearly express your availabilities during your maternity leave. Some women will want to completely shut off from the world as they prepare to welcome their little one. Others will want to answer emails and phone calls until their labor pains prevent them. Let your boss and colleagues know whether or not you plan to be available during your maternity leave and give set times and dates you will be able to work from home.