Reveal your happy news at the right time and in the right way...
Discovering you’re pregnant is a happy and exciting time, but you’ll soon need to think about when and how to tell your employer.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when sharing your pregnancy announcement...
Many women choose to wait until after their 12 week scan to tell their employer they are pregnant.
However, you may want to consider telling your boss before this point if you are...
It’s important to bear in mind that your line manager or HR department ought to be the first to know before you tell colleagues.
Don’t forget that you are entitled to take time off for maternity appointments without your pay being cut.
If you work in an environment that may be hazardous to you and your unborn child, your employer must know to make provisions to ensure that you are safe. This may include cutting out lifting, allowing more rest if you are on your feet most of the time (or switching you to a desk job).
Talk through the worries you have about your workplace with your boss to ensure they are aware of your fears and have time to make other arrangements.
Many of us fear that once we have announced our pregnancy, we will be side-lined and passed over for promotion. Whilst strictly speaking this is illegal, many women have anecdotes about failing to get the promotion they wanted or being given more menial tasks.
If you know that you have a performance appraisal coming up or you have the chance to apply for a promotion, it may make sense to wait until this has happened before announcing your pregnancy.
Your employer will have to honour any agreement, pay rise or change of contract at this time.
Your contract is secure and cannot be changed because you’re pregnant.
Legally, you must tell your employer depending on your contract.
At that point, you need to tell your employer about several decisions you have made:
When making your decision about when to tell your employer, you should think about: