Divorce is one of the top three stressors in our society. People going through a divorce are often experiencing a blend of anger, loss, and grief. This emotional cocktail shows up as being late to work, being distracted on the job, and clouded judgment. The melange of anxiety, loneliness, anger, and fatigue is hard to cut through, especially given the ongoing nature of the divorce process itself.
The fact is that employee productivity goes down by as much as 40 percent during the divorce as well as the year and a half before and after your divorce. This trend can continue for several years post-divorce as well. In the beginning, bosses and co-workers are sympathetic and supportive, but in the end, the end, the downgrade in work quality, the periodic loss of focus, the omnipresent sense of despair is out of sync with the mission of the organization. Businesses are created for a purpose. Anything or anyone that impedes that purpose will be dealt with over time.
It is challenging to balance work, life, and children when getting divorced. It’s going to feel like you walking a tightrope, juggling flaming sticks while someone is poking at you with a stick. Let’s face it, like any major loss, divorce is going to take away from everything and could possibly lead to a slowing of advancement, or even the loss of your job if you’re not careful.
“Getting Divorced” is not grounds for termination with cause. You can, however, be fired for showing up as short-tempered, with reduced performance, failure to meet deadlines, angry phone calls with your spouse during work hours, etc. A recent British study found that nine p0ercent of employees in the divorce process end up leaving their jobs or knew a cop-worker who had done so.
Some of these losses were due to people changing jobs to impact alimony or in reaction to criticism at work. Changing jobs is another major life stressor, it may feel like the right idea, but don’t do it if you can help it. Avoid further major change while you are in the divorce process if at all possible.
Everyone who gets divorced feels it at work, there are limits to how much we can compartmentalize. Take a long weekend and allow yourself to mourn the marriage. Letting go of the old relationship will help you develop a sense of the future you want. Take time at home to have the feelings so you don’t bring them to the rest of your life.
Here are eight things you can do to minimize the impact of divorce on the rest of your life:
The key to minimizing the impact of the divorce on your life is to get help moving through the feelings and keep your eyes on the prize. The prize is NOT to get the divorce over with. The prize is the positive compelling future you are going to reach as you work through the divorce.Take some time