There is little doubt about how emotional it can be to go through a divorce. When children are involved, your world can really seem as though it’s upside down. Throw in your job and you may feel as though you are ready to pull your hair out.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Perhaps you need to take some time off. Maybe now is a good time to use up those extra vacation days. Calling in sick or repeatedly being late for work isn’t going to cut it nowadays. There are simply too many people ready to take your place. Here are three more tips for ensuring that you stay employed during your divorce.
— Enlist support from just about everyone you know. Maybe your children need to be picked up from school before you get off work. Ask another parent if he or she can help you out. If your children need help with science, but it’s not a subject you are comfortable with, see if you can find a student tutor. Even having one less thing to do each week can really make a huge difference.
— Be honest and realistic with your employer. You don’t have to go into the details about your divorce, but it’s good to let your employer know what you are dealing with. Maybe you need to pick up your children an hour earlier each day. Ask if you can come in an hour earlier. Your employer won’t know how to help you get through this difficult time if he or she is not aware of what is going on.
— Schedule your life accordingly. Make whatever tools you use to plan your time and activities your best friends.
Divorce and its aftereffects can be really difficult until your life gathers some sort of normalcy. You may find that your soon-to-be ex-spouse is willing to help in various, too. If you can put aside your differences, you may want to consider modifying child custody orders or other issues.
Source: Huffington Post, “How to Keep Your Job While Going Through a Divorce,” Michela Montgomery, Dec. 30, 2015