Keeping it together at work during a divorce

Many people in Texas have been hard-hit by this year’s economic downturn with some losing their jobs and others unsure of whether layoffs are still to come. Concerns about work are even more compounded for individuals going through a divorce. If you are dealing with emotional turmoil at home, it may feel impossible for you to focus on your job. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you stay grounded.

Talk to your supervisor

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, telling a supervisor or boss that you are going through a divorce may help you in the long run in your career. Your supervisor probably understands that you will not be on your A game immediately after a separation, and they may be willing to work with you to take some higher-pressure assignments off your desk. Telling your superior ahead of time is certainly better than saying nothing but then falling short on a task due to emotional exhaustion, something that could result in discipline or termination.

Spend some time away from work

If letting people at work know about your divorce is out of the question, you should at least consider taking a couple days off as sick or personal time. If you try to plow through at work, you may crash and burn further down the line, especially if you tend to turn into a workaholic. You should also spend time with your support system, like family and friends, and consider speaking with a therapist for professional counseling.

Tune people out

If you do open up to people at work about your divorce, keep the details limited. Oversharing can blur the boundaries between personal and work life, and it could also lead to unsolicited advice from coworkers who have experienced divorce or who just think they have something to offer. If you really need guidance on what your next steps are in a divorce, it is better to talk to a professional. A Texas-licensed family law attorney may help you maneuver the ins and outs of community property division, child custody and other issues that come up during your divorce.