How do I Tell My Firm I'm Ready to Start a Family?

by admin 12. November 2013 21:03

Dear Jane,

I just started working at a big firm a couple months ago.  My husband and I want to start a family.  I’m worried that if I get pregnant quickly, I will hurt my credibility at my new employer.


My Biological Clock Is Ticking

Dear My Biological Clock Is Ticking,

First, you should have a child when it is the right time for you to have a child; however, you personally define “the right time.”  Second, you are wise to be concerned about the perceptions by others of your commitment, especially when you haven’t been there long enough to have established standing on that front.  Please consider volunteering information about your intentions to the key partners you are working with, even though you are not obligated to do so.  Your directness will allow them to hear directly from you and is the best way to prevent them from drawing their own conclusions or giving credence to others’ presumptions. 



Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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