How to Tell Your Boss You're PregnantRebecca Odes
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1: Know your rights
Maternal and paternal rights vary by state and by company, so you'll want to look into the specifics before you figure out your plan. (If you work for a larger company, the Family And Medical Leave Act gives you the right to take off up to 12 weeks for maternity leave and return to your job.) Speak with people who have experience with your company's maternity leave policy; the way things are written is not always how they unfold. Employee Appreciation Day: No Flowers, Please, Just (Maternity) Leave
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2: Keeping the pregnancy quiet until youre ready
Maybe you feel comfortable talking about your pregnancy while still in the first trimester, but with people youre not ready to tell the news to, be creative (especially if youve got obvious pregnancy symptoms to conceal). Try wearing larger-sized, looser clothing and use little white lies (no thats not nausea, thats indigestion) until youre ready to 'fess up.
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3: Breaking the news
How you tell your colleagues will depend on your work environment and your plans and goals. Do you know what youll want to do after the baby is born? Itll be the first thing on everyones mind. Your boss may be thrilled for you, but shell want to know your maternity leave plans and when you hope to return to work. And keep in mind that telling her sooner rather than later is best.
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4: Managing co-worker and client relationships
Apt or not, your coworkers may worry your pregnancy will affect your work. Reassure them that you can still be an efficient employee. (Unless you cant, and well talk about that possibility later.) And, if you dont think youre going to be able to keep up with client needs while pregnant, consider sharing the workload with someone. Yes, theres a risk but if you dont provide backup, you could lose them altogether. Say uncle before things fall through the cracks.
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5: Staying focused on your work
When youre pregnant its sometimes hard to think about anything else. Since you cant quell your anticipatory thoughts entirely, take breaks to delve into all things pregnancy and baby, like baby names, for example. These breaks should free up more energy for other things at other times — like the work youre being paid to do.
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6: Handling unsafe work conditions
Unfortunately, there are few protections for pregnant women in physically dangerous work situations. You might be able to choose to take medical leave to protect your pregnancy or speak with your supervisor and arrange a temporary reallocation of responsibilities. Although companies are required to treat pregnancy like any other medical condition, your employer has no legal responsibility to retain you if you are not doing the work you were hired to do. Your benefits depend on your company.
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7: What if your workplace isnt so supportive?
Companies check the bottom line, so if you want to keep your job youll need to prove that your pregnancy will not interfere with your ability to crank out the work. But pregnancy can create interferences to your productivity, so you may need some strategies to make up the lost time or at least to look like youre as successful as ever.
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8: When — or whether — to come back after the babys born
For many moms, no amount of pre-baby planning can prepare them for after the baby is born. Die-hard working girls may find themselves totally repulsed by the idea of leaving their babies, while would-be stay-at-home moms can feel desperate to return to the world of adults. Tune into your feelings and keep the conversation flowing with your partner. Really, it comes down to what works for your family and
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