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Maintaining career performance during your divorce

On Behalf of | May 3, 2021 | Divorce

The emotional impact of divorce can affect your ability to focus on other important areas of your life. You may find that strong emotions, ongoing conflict and exhaustion threaten both your personal and professional success.

Maintaining your performance at work may facilitate your adjustment to independence again. Knowing some strategies for keeping your divorce from upending your career can help you respond appropriately to challenges you may encounter.

Prioritize communication

Your relationship is your business and not something you need to discuss in the workplace. However, according to Chron, telling your manager about your divorce in a professional manner can have its benefits. Without sharing sensitive details, disclosing your situation may elicit understanding and flexibility from your employer, especially if you need to take time off to address your divorce.

Refrain from the temptation to overshare. One solution is to write down a brief synopsis of your situation prior to talking to your employer. This way you can address your circumstances with confidence and poise and without the risk of behaving unprofessionally and regretting saying too much later on.

Create boundaries

Moving beyond your divorce and healing emotionally requires you to create new boundaries. Putting boundaries in place can also prevent your divorce from bleeding into every other aspect of your life, including your career.

Set aside certain times to handle matters related to your divorce. Schedule these hours outside of your work. During this time, you can answer phone calls, emails and other inquiries regarding your divorce. Having this time will allow you to stay focused at work without trying to juggle both personal and professional issues.