Dear Jane: When Should I Tell Work I'm Pregnant?

by 352admin 28. February 2013 11:49

Dear JaneDear Jane,

I just found out that I’m pregnant. The anxiety level at the firm is still pretty high so my inclination is to wait as long as I can before announcing my news.

Signed,

Won’t Show For Months

 

Dear Won’t Show For Months,

The decision as to when to share such good news is a very personal one so what is “right” for you won’t necessarily work for others.  I sense a reluctance to announce because you fear it will have a negative impact of some kind on your career.  When you are ready, I’d suggest that you have a conversation with a couple of women at the firm who have recently had a child.  They should be able to provide some tips and guidance on how to successfully maneuver not only the announcement, but the leave. 

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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